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Dialogue on Race aims for action

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Share this Post In the 1980s, a historic Black community located at the south limit of Blacksburg fought to prevent the paving of a road on their own land that led right up to their cluster of homes. Backed by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, developers paved the road anyway, naming it after the nickname of the family’s late matriarch, Nellie, a former slave — though it was no consolation to the family. That road is Nellie’s Cave Road. In a News Messenger article from 1992, the late Aubrey Mills Sr., a descendant of Nellie, lamented the disruption of …