Hampton Virginia New Deal Projects - Photo #56 - Aberdeen Gardens


Aberdeen Gardens historic site marker
Aberdeen Gardens historic site marker detail
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Historical marker on the property of the Aberdeen School, across the street from the community. “Aberdeen Gardens, built ‘by Negroes, for Negroes’ in 1934 as a model resettlement community for Negro families. It was the only such community in the United States designed by a Negro architect (Hillyard R. Robinson) and built by Negro contractors and laborers. Aberdeen Gardens is composed of 158 brick houses on large garden lots, a school, and a community store, all within a greenbelt. The streets, excepting Aberdeen Road, are named for prominent Negroes. Aberdeen Gardens offered home ownership and an improved quality of life in a rural setting. In 1994 this nationally significant neighborhood was listed as a Virginia landmark and in the National Register o