Making a Difference
By Kate Nickel | From Preservation | May/June 2009
As a high school senior in 2007, Trevor Dickerson couldn't believe how many historic structures on the west side of Richmond, Va., were being torn down. Development in the once-quaint Short Pump area was simply "out of control," Dickerson says, lamenting the loss of "the things that have significance, things that will never be built again." Compelled to do what he could, Dickerson began photographing buildings slated for demolition and took a special interest in the endangered 19th-century Springfield Baptist Church. He helped persuade the Henrico County Planning Commission to relocate the sanctuary to nearby Goochland County, where it stands today among other buildings moved from Short Pump. Last year, Preservation Virginia presented Dickerson, now a communications major at Virginia Commonwealth University, with its first-ever Young Preservationist of the Year Award, honoring his role in saving Springfield Baptist and his ongoing efforts to protect and promote the history of Short Pump.
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