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It was once his family’s farm — the largest Black-owned farm in Albemarle County — but now we all own part of it

This is a First Person Charlottesville story by Phillip Cobbs. Philip was born and raised in Albemarle County, and his family lineage extends back at least four generations in the county. A graduate of Piedmont Virginia Community College, he is a craftsman, author, educator, businessman and farmer.

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How one family owned and ran the largest Black-owned farm in Albemarle County — for generations

How one family owned and ran the largest Black-owned farm in Albemarle County — for generations

by PHILIP COBBS | Photos by Kori Price This is the second of a series about Buck Island, by Philip Cobbs for First Person Charlottesville. Read the first story here, and then join the author in a conversation on April 23. My brother and I were born at home in the 1950s because my mother said she felt safer there than at the University of Virginia’s hospital. It was a tradition on the Garland...

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By Sonia Montalvo I Photos by Kori Price Walking into the door of the Birth Sisters of Charlottesville office, you begin to appreciate the intentionality behind Doreen Bonnet and Lisa Brown’s belief in wanting the space to “feel like home” for Black mothers. The perched “rock house” bungalow the group resides in, houses Charlottesville’s only Black women-focused Doula Collective where both...

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by Tamara W. Dias On January 31, 2023, I sat in a coworking space, working on a few projects for my business. While preparing for my lunch break, I received a phone call from my mom. Though my mom and I talk on the phone often, it was unusual for her to call me in the middle of a workday. She was a School Counseling Director, so her days were usually jam-packed until the school day ended. I...

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