William Saunders Crowdy was a visionary who experienced the crippling chains of slavery; yet, saw a bright future for his people anchored in faith, fellowship, hard work, good will and charity.
He laid the foundation for a church, a small city of homes, farms, a widow’s and orphan’s home, schools, and a solid network of viable businesses. Imagine this all Black city out performing its neighboring towns through the trying years of the 1900s. It is robust. It is a Mecca for the disenfranchised.
It thrives despite the oppression of Jim Crow Laws, male labor snatching World Wars, the austerity of The Great Depression; and, do imagine, all of this against the backdrop and terrain of an inhospitable South. There is purity in purpose at work on this land.
Pearls of Our History
Crowdy’s inspiration echoes today through the efforts of a community conscious group of developers. The development group has protected the original purchase and increased the holdings to include tax credit apartments, affordable single-family homes, senior living facilities and land leases for other businesses geared to uplifting and enhancing the lives of neighboring communities.
Every Member Capital Campaign (EMCC) on-line giving is offered for your privacy and convenience. Through your gift, you are helping to inspire and sustain a great legacy of continuing to build a vibrant community, now, and for years to come.
Today we continue to promote wellness within multiple levels of the community by providing low-income housing for families; subsidized housing for senior citizens; emergency and ambulatory care through a partnership with Sentara Hospital, and upscale residential rental opportunities for moderate-income families and senior citizens.
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