Newport News Homesteads (now Aberdeen Gardens)Rothstein, Arthur. "Moving into Newport News Homesteads," Hampton VA, Dec. 1937, Photographic Print. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives, Library of Congress.
Originally named Newport News Homesteads, “Aberdeen Gardens was a New Deal planned community initiated by Hampton Institue (now Hampton University), designed specifically for the resettlement of African-American workers in Newport News and Hampton. In 1934, the Hampton Institute secured a $245,000 federal grant to create the housing development. It was the only Resettlement Administration community for blacks in Virginia and only the second neighborhood in the nation for blacks financed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Subsistence Homestead Project.
The Aberdeen neighborhood was designed by Hillyard R. Robertson, a black architect from Howard University. It became a model resettlement community in the United States. Charles Duke, a black architect, was name architect-in-charge to design and manage the construction of the composed of 158 brick houses on large lots and the Aberdeen Elementary School. The seven streets, excluding Aberdeen Road, are named for prominent African Americans: (1) Lewis Road, (2) Weaver Road, (3) Walker Road, (4) Mary Peake Boulevard, (5) Davis Road, (6) Russell Road, and (7) Langston Boulevard.
The site was added to the Virginia Landmark Register on March 10, 1994 and to the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1994.
The Aberdeen Historic District was begun in 1934 and was finished in 1937. The 440-acre subdivision includes 158 single family homes; one school; and a vital commercial center.” (http://aberdeengardens.org/)
Hampton Virginia New Deal Projects - Aberdeen Gardens Aberdeen Gardens, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, OMB No. 1024-0018, March 7, 1994 Our Story - Aberdeen Gardens website Aberdeen Gardens – Celebrates 75 Years Posted on May 28, 2012 on "discoverblackus" by Linda Tarrant-Reid Aberdeen Gardens National New Deal Preservation Association
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