Shenandoah National Park’s Lewis Mountain Project
The Potomac Chapter strongly supports the effort underway by the National Park Service to tell the story of the Lewis Mountain Campground at Shenandoah National Park, which was the African American campground when segregation was practiced at the facility between 1939 and 1950. The park has teamed up with researchers from the Library of Congress to unearth the history of the campground through records kept in written archives and has recently issued a call for individuals who may have a personal connection to the campground to share any stories, photos, and memories from people who may have visited between 1939 and 1970 (See related post here). If you or anyone you know has anything to share about visits during this time frame, please contact the team leading the Lewis Mountain Campground project at NPSLewis_FRD@loc.gov.
Ranger Claire Comer, who serves as an Interpretive Specialist at Shenandoah National Park, is tasked with leading the Lewis Mountain project. In 2020, she provided a lecture to the Potomac Chapter about the project. To watch a video of her presentation click here.