On the 1st of every month, David Phillips with the Barrier Islands Center shares informative interviews with neighbors on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Click here to check out all of the podcasts, especially Season 2 Episode 7 with our founder, Tevya Griffin.
Tevya Williams Griffin was born in a quaint close-knit community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In 2009 she was riding with her grandmother, Annette Williams, and noticed a building she had probably passed a hundred times in her lifetime. Learning that the building served as a school for African American children during segregation in Cape Charles, she contacted alumni and town leaders to discuss how the building and history could be preserved. Under her leadership, alumni, former faculty, and friends worked two years later to place a state historic marker at the school, and not soon after, the collection of oral histories commenced. Currently serving as the President of the Cape Charles Rosenwald School Restoration Initiative, Tevya strives to be a bridge between diverse communities and bring them together for a greater cause. Tevya serves as the Director of Planning and Codes Compliance for the City of Williamsburg, VA.