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ANT 110 Danville Urban Renewal Timeline Project: Find information for your timeline

Find information for your timeline

The best source of information for your timeline is This database will allow you to search the local Danville newspaper -  Advocate Messenger - for information. Here is a link to


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Search strategies

When searching the Advocate-Messenger, some useful search terms to try include:

Urban renewal

  7th street (1960's)

Redevelopment plan

and 2nd street (late 1960's and 1970's)
Community Development    
Historic Area Renewal Project    
Second Street Project    

You might also try searching for the names of major streets and buildings that were involved in the urban renewal including:

Streets Buildings / Locations
Rowe Street Goldsmith House
Smoky Bottom section of Lexington Ave. Doric Lodge
South First Street Grayson's Tavern
Main and Walnut Street Watts/Bell house
Green Street Ayres Silversmith House
  Fisher's Row
  Tibbs pool room
  Weisiger Park

Or you might search for the names of people known to speak out on this issue, including: Mr. Walter T. Edelen (7th St. renewal), Mr. Dallas Jones, Mr. Oscar Butler, Mr. Bill Zachman, Mr. Larry Boos, Mr. Zano Vannoni, Dr. Pedro Krompecher, and Mr. Guy Best.

You might also search for the names of major agencies involved in urban renewal including: Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA), Beautification Committee, Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce, City Planning Associates and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce,

Finally, it might be interesting to search for notices of property transfer to the Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency (URCDA).

(A note on historical language usage: Remember that when reading/searching historical documents from before and during the Civil Rights Movement, it is common to see, and therefore search for, the term "Negro" rather than "Black" or "African-American." )