Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

JCSU Remembers Demolished Neighborhoods with Virtual Reality Project

March 26, 2021

The Charlotte Observer reports that Johnson C. Smith University has received funds from grants “to preserve records and histories from several former Black neighborhoods in Charlotte.” Urban renewal in Charlotte led to the destruction of several Black communities and the displacement of those who lived in these communities. JCSU will use its grants on a “virtual reality experience created with historical photos and 3-D models where viewers [can] experience long-gone neighborhoods.”

Read more about this project: ”JCSU virtual reality project bringing back Black neighborhoods urban renewal wiped out