The Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the former Newtown, now northeast Harrisonburg, Virginia. Newtown was established during the period of Reconstruction by African-Americans from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Among many from Newtown who impacted in the region are renowned educator, Lucy F. Simms, who taught there for over 50 years; and Elon Rhodes, the first African-American to serve on Harrisonburg City Council and Harrisonburg School Board. Both have educational facilities named in their honor in Harrisonburg, Virginia and are interred at Newtown Cemetery - the heart of the northeast community.
NENA is raising funds to renovate The Dallard-Newman House in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Constructed circa 1895, The Dallard-Newman House is one of the city's oldest and most enduring monuments to African-American culture and heritage. Built by formerly enslaved leaders of the community, NENA is fundraising to transform the property into a library and museum preserving the rich African-American history of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
The Dallard-Newman House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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