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Shadow Catcher

 
 
Shadow Catcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2014
1. Shadow Catcher Marker
Inscription.

At this place, on the site of Catherine Foster's home, this "shadow catcher" links the visible with the unseen even as it pulls the eyes upward to the sky. It creates a shadowy, gridlike outline of the house that once stood at this location.

The meandering paths lead away from the home site across the Fosters' yard to a family and community burial ground.

The Foster dwelling site yielded artifacts like those to the far left that suggest details of family life and livelihood.

The woman in the photo to the left launders outside as the Fosters would have.
Image circa 1900-1901, courtesy of The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
 
Erected by University of Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 1.904′ N, 78° 30.262′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Click for map. Marker is east of Nau Hall and about 200 feet SW of the intersection of Jefferson Park and Brandon Avenues, on the University of Virginia campus. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History Underfoot (a few steps from this marker); 'Burying' Ground (within

Shadow Catcher and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2014
2. Shadow Catcher and Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Fernando Símon Bolívar (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kappa Sigma Fraternity (approx. 0.2 miles away); Claude Moore, M.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Holding Echols (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edgar Allan Poe (approx. ¼ mile away); The University “Corner” (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Also see . . .  Free Black Registers of Albemarle County Project. (Submitted on March 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Shadow Catcher Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 27, 2014
3. Shadow Catcher Detail
Photo on Shadow Catcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1900/1901
4. Photo on Shadow Catcher Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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