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Carver Village pending nomination for National Register of Historic Places

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A west Savannah neighborhood is moving toward a national distinction that only about a dozen areas around the city have been able to attain.

Carver Village residents, city and county leaders are celebrating the pending nomination for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood gained national notoriety when it was built as affordable housing - exclusively for African-American families back in the 1940's.

The application process with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources actually began back in 2011.

Friday, folks living in Carver Village, some for decades, gathered at the Historic Village Community Center to celebrate the community that they love and call home.

Construction of the homes began in 1948, and since then, has grown to more than 500 resources, which is the term used by the Metropolitan Planning Commission to describe the homes, commercial buildings, churches and parks.

The Historic Resources Survey of Carver Village was completed in 2013, which led to a recommendation for the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

"So today we celebrate, we salute the good people of Carver Village, both past, present and future, and we tell you and affirm to you that this community and this neighborhood is important and is a proud part of our history,” said District 1 Alderman Van Johnson.

The pending nomination really just affirms what folks who live here already know, that Carver Village is a special place, a significant place, which should be recognized and treasured.

Alderman Johnson started Friday's ceremony with some background on how the application for the distinction moved along.

"We're here today celebrating a process on our end that is completed. And this was a monumental effort. Communities across the country, neighborhoods across the country every year can't get past the application phase,” said Alderman Johnson.

"And we need to let our children see and understand this history. Let them know how hard you all worked to keep Carver Village, what Carver Village is today,” said Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter.

"It wasn't the government coming in and establishing an area and saying this is a historical site. It was this community that recognized how historical it was, and then went to the government and said this is a special place. We want you to make note of it,” said Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach.

Carver Village began as the first exclusively African-American neighborhoods in Savannah in the late 1940's, and one of the first of its kind in the south.  At Friday's gathering, was the patriarch of the second family to move into Carver Village, a 95-year-old military veteran.

And there were many representing the families that have made up the rich heritage of the historic community, including Evadne Roberts, who now lives in the Carver Village home her family moved in to back in 1958.

"I mean, it’s a wonderful thing that we've been recognized like this. But this, I've live here all my life,” said Roberts.

In early September, neighborhood leaders plan on unveiling new signs for Carver Village that will identify this as a historic neighborhood. One will go at Carroll Street and Gwinnett, the other will go at the corner of Gwinnett and Stiles Avenue.

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