Sorors of the Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have been busy serving the Charlottesville community along West Street. Sorors Bernadette W. and Jackie E. have been enthusiastic co-chairs of the social action committee. In this capacity, they have urged our chapter to rededicate ourselves to keeping our community happy and healthy.
One of our initiatives was adopting West Street. West Street is named for prominent African American landowner and entrepreneur, John West. West was born enslaved, but gained his freedom at the end of the Civil War. West married into a wealthy family, deemed “not negro” by the Charlottesville courts in an 1862 case. By 1908, after using his inheritance to purchase hundreds of acres of land, John West became the first and only African American wealthy enough to be taxed locally for both his earned income and bank savings. A historical marker was placed at the intersection of West Street and 10th Street in his honor.
Charlottesville Alumnae sorors volunteer quarterly for shifts picking up trash and debris along West Street protecting the local environment while getting in a little physical activity. Below are pictures from our most recent clean-up.