Heinz Kramp

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Heinz Kramp (1929-2019) was a disability rights activist who founded Innisfree Village.

Early Life

Kramp was born in Germany, and was a member of the German Olympic equestrian team in 1952. Before he could compete, he suffered a traumatic injury and could not participate. This near-death experience was deeply impactful.[1]

Impact in Charlottesville

After moving to the United States in 1959, Kramp founded both Innisfree Village in Crozet and Building a Bridge. Innisfree Village continues to provide a place to live and work for those with intellectual disabilities. And Building a Bridge is a nonprofit which placed people who had suffered brain injuries with surrogate families in the community. Both organizations emphasized and provided the support that comes with a community, and the importance of dignity for the disabled.[2]

Frances Brand portrait

Kramp is one of several people commemorated by the late 20th-century artist Frances Brand as part of her Firsts series.[3]

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  1. Web. Heinz Kramp Obituary, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 13 October, 2019, retrieved 16 June, 2022.
  2. Web. Thank You Heinz, The BridgeLine, 14 October, 2019, retrieved 16 June, 2022.
  3. Branigan, Michelle Marie (December 1998). A Biography of Frances Brand, an American Painter and Social Activist (PhD). Indiana University.

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