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Marching for change

Marching for change

By Erich Wagner (Photo/National Archives) Looking back on the March on Washington, it’s easy seeing it as a watershed moment for the civil rights movement. But Ferdinand Day remembered being happy that the event exceeded the [...]

Developer finds new owner for Carver Nursery School

Developer finds new owner for Carver Nursery School

By Derrick Perkins The sale of the former Carver Nursery School — announced last week after months of anticipation — will see the building once again serve local children as a pediatric dental office. More importantly, [...]

Future of former nursery school shrouded in mystery

Future of former nursery school shrouded in mystery

By Derrick Perkins William Cromley has a secret — and he’s not sharing. For the past few years, the developer has been part of a tug-of-war over the future of the former Carver Nursery School in [...]

Developer gives old school renewed hope

Developer gives old school renewed hope

By Derrick Perkins Years after developer William Cromley went to City Hall for a permit to demolish the former Carver Nursery School, he’s returning and asking for permission to expand the neighborhood landmark. If Cromley receives [...]

Alexandria archaeologists dig up possible slaughterhouse

Alexandria archaeologists dig up possible slaughterhouse

By Derrick Perkins Archaeologists are poring over a massive, brick-lined hole not far from Jefferson-Houston School, containing what might be the most interesting — and surprising — find in recent memory. Local historians believe the uncovered [...]

Carver Nursery School supporters refuse to give up efforts to save building

Carver Nursery School supporters refuse to give up efforts to save building

By Derrick Perkins Residents-turned-preservationists remain committed to saving the former Carver Nursery School even after the deadline has come and gone, but owner William Cromley has yet to see a viable proposal cross his desk. The [...]

Developer weighs giving preservationists more time

Developer weighs giving preservationists more time

By Derrick Perkins Though the former Carver Nursery School building is about to revert to William Cromley’s control, the developer is poised to give community activists another chance to preserve the Parker-Gray neighborhood property. There’s just [...]

Clock is ticking on efforts to save Carver Nursery School

Clock is ticking on efforts to save Carver Nursery School

By Derrick Perkins Time is running short for residents and preservationists hoping to spare a Parker-Gray neighborhood landmark from redevelopment. The Carver Nursery School has sat largely untouched for a little more than two years while [...]

Life after emancipation in Alexandria

Life after emancipation in Alexandria

By Derrick Perkins When former President Abraham Lincoln made good on his promise to emancipate slaves in rebel-held territory 150 years ago, the burgeoning population of contrabands in Alexandria likely greeted the news with equal parts [...]

Local man’s quest to recognize black Revolutionary War patriots poised for passage

Local man’s quest to recognize black Revolutionary War patriots poised for passage

By Derrick Perkins Maurice Barboza’s dogged fight to pay tribute to black patriots of the Revolutionary War hinges on a massive defense bill being negotiated in Congress. After years of gathering support for the memorial project, [...]