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Richmond's Parchester Village requests annexation  

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Report of Proposed Annexation of Parchester Village


Richmond, CA

City Planning Commission

November 1957


18 leaves, stenciled typescript on rectos only; map. 28x21.5 cm (11x8½"), stapled wrappers. 

Parchester Village, a separate municipality bordering Richmond, California, was built following World War II specifically to allow African Americans a place in which they would be able to purchase houses. Originally planned as a residential development for "All Americans", it became an all-black neighborhood when whites lost interest in purchasing here after finding out it was to be racially mixed. The residents of Parchester Village requested their community be absorbed into Richmond, and this is the report prepared for the Richmond City Council. It was not until 1963 that the annexation occurred. No copies are listed in OCLC, and we can find no listings for any publications devoted to Parchester Village.

Parchester Village is a master planned neighborhood majority African-American village in northwestern Richmond, California that claims as the first new tract-home development for blacks in the state.
After World War II temporary housing was torn down in Richmond, many black residents were not allowed to move into what was left.
In 1949 this culminated in the efforts of  Rev. Guthrie John Williams, a determined black pastor, threw his support behind incumbent council member Amos Hinkley in exchange for the candidate's pledge to push for more housing for African Americans. Parchester Village was originally planned as the first residential development for "All Americans", but became an all-black neighborhood when whites lost interest in purchasing here after finding out it was to be racially mixed.
Hinkley lost the race but nonetheless managed to introduce Williams and Fred Parr, a wealthy white developer. The meeting was a success -- Parr eventually agreed to donate his property near Point Pinole, and Parchester sprouted off Giant Highway on a spit of land wedged between two sets of railroad tracks. Fred  Parr funded and credited the development of 409  single-family, one-story dwellings built side by side on 5,000 square-foot lots all had flattops and commodious front and backyards. For example, in 1950, before the development was complete, Joseph Conwright, a meat market manager and musician, paid $250 down for an $8,250, three-bedroom house.
The name Parchester comes from Fred Parr's name.
The streets are named after black pastors of the time, most notably Williams Street, one of the community's main arteries. 

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