Raised/Razed is a documentary feature film about the lasting effects of Urban Renewal on Vinegar Hill, a large African American neighborhood in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia. For nearly a century, Vinegar Hill—like hundreds of Black communities across America—thrived as the center of business, education, religious, and cultural life, before being destroyed by the federally-backed and locally-executed Urban Renewal program.
After two years of extensive research, Raised/Razed has woven original audio interviews of former Vinegar Hill residents from the early 1980s with modern-day interviews from their descendants, to bring the neighborhood back to life as it existed at its height and to take viewers into the homes, classrooms, and businesses of community members.
This story draws connections between Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill and Durham, North Carolina’s Hayti neighborhood, which was also destroyed, to show how Urban Renewal irreversibly transformed the lives of people across the country. Free and Open to all.