John H. Ridley Place was built in 1954 as part of the Housing Authority's East End slum clearance program which aimed to accommodate the city's growing population and encourage investment in Downtown Newport News. 


Dr. Ridley was the first African-American graduate from the University of Virginia and dedicated his life to the education of African-American college students. 'Born April 1, 1910, in Newport News, Virginia, to John Hoskins and Mary Washington Ridley, Ridley's parents were prosperous and middle class. His father John was a co-founder of the Crown Savings bank of Newport News.' In 1953, Ridley received his education doctorate from the University's Curry School of Education , becoming the nation's first African-American to receive a doctorate degree from a white southern university. 

Excerpts from University of Virginia Office of African-American Affairs, 2015. 


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 Ridley Place has 259 units and is located on the City bus line, which makes it convenient for shopping, schools, churches, and banks. The complex has one, two, three and four bedroom townhouse units. It is close to a waterfront park (King-Lincoln Park) and access to I-664. This complex is also located within walking distance of the Boys and Girls Club of Virginia Peninsula, Doris Miller Community Center, and Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. 


Located in the SOutheast Community 


Current Conditions 

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