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Storm Destroys Part of 'Segregation Wall' in Arlington



    Neighbors Divided Over Fate of Historic Segregation Wall

    Hall's Hill Wall in Arlington, Virginia, was built by white people to keep black people out of their backyards in the 1930s. Some neighbors don't agree on whether to rebuild it after floods damaged the wall. News4's Drew Wilder reports. (Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019)

    A reminder of Virginia's segregationist past was knocked down by torrential rain Monday.

    A portion of the "segregation wall" that separated white and black neighborhoods in Arlington starting in the 1930s crumbled in high water. 

    The development of white-owned subdivisions in the '30s led to the construction of the wall, which ran from North Edison Street to North Glebe Road, a presentation by the county says. The wall separated the white Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood from the black Hall's Hill neighborhood.

    A 1962 aerial photograph shows the location of the "Segregation Wall."
    Photo credit: Arlington County

    Arlington tore down part of the wall in 1966 to allow children to get to school. The retention of the wall would have forced some students at newly integrated Woodlawn Elementary School to walk "an extra 14 to 15 blocks to reach their new classroom," the county's presentation says.

    This plaque can be found at the site.
    Photo credit: NBC Washington

    A plaque erected in 2016 aimed to educate people about the area's past. "This wall is a reminder of racial segregation," the text begins. 

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