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Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project | Northeast Neighborhood Association | 2nd Edition Online African American brochure



Lucy F. Simms Center
620 Simms Ave Harrisonburg, VA 22801
For a brief history of Lucy F. Simms and the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center, visit Celebrating Simms, the Story of the Lucy F. Simms School. This Booklet is a companion to the exhibit commemorating the contributions of the Lucy F. Simms School and the Northeast neighborhood to the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The exhibit was produced by James Madison University students and their professors, Dr. Mollie Godfrey and Dr. Sean McCarthy, working in close collaboration with countless community members and the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project in association with Billo Harper. The exhibit opened on April 25, 2016, and is permanently housed in Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center.

Ralph Sampson Park
431 East Washington St Harrisonburg, VA 22802
This park covers 31 acres, has two picnic shelters, restroom facilities, two tennis courts, three basketball courts, playground equipment, a sports field, and horseshoe pits. A recently added, natural surface walking trail (0.3 miles) runs through the park as well. This park surrounds the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center. The Annual African American Festival takes place here.

Newtown Cemetery
The land for Newtown Cemetery was purchased in 1868 for burial of local African-Americans. This is the only black cemetery in Harrisonburg. It is located in the historic ‘Newtown’ section of town that was the early settlement of freed slaves, now known as the Northeast Neighborhood.

425 Hill Street- Opening Soon!
This will be the future home of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project.  It is right next to the Newtown Cemetery, which is a perfect place for a small research center.  It will house their library, research and exhibit the great work by James Madison University and the contributions received from other Valley Historians and individuals. The plan is to also expand their network of historical landmarks in the Valley.