Special status sought for Josephine Street

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Posted: October 25, 2012

The Winchester Star

Dee Dee Liggins points to the location of her house on a scale model of Josephine City.
The eastern end of Josephine Street in Berryville includes the Milton Valley Cemetery (lower right) and the Johnson-Williams Community Apartments (lower right center), which were once the Clarke County Training School and later Johnson-Williams Intermediate School. The original 19th-century Josephine City School, now a black history museum, was moved to the grounds of the training school in the 1930s. The Norfolk Southern Railroad bisects Josephine Street, which runs roughly east to west.

BERRYVILLE — Josephine Street has been Dee Dee Liggins’ home for most of her 58 years.

The community, a creation of free blacks after the Civil War, has a lot of history — and Liggins wants to see…



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