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Elk Creek in Grayson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Payton Guyn Hale

 
 
Payton Guyn Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
1. Payton Guyn Hale Marker
Inscription. Bork in Elk Creek, Virginia, June 29, 1821, member of the House of Delegates, 1874–1877, member state Senate, 1879-1882. One of the “Big Four,” a group which resisted many proposals of the Readjusters. Died in Elk Creek, December 25, 1885.
 
Erected 1970 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number U-23.)
 
Location. 36° 42.19′ N, 81° 10.084′ W. Marker is in Elk Creek, Virginia, in Grayson County. Marker is on Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) south of Carsonville Road (County Route 660), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Creek VA 24326, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caty Sage (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wythe County / Grayson County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Independence (approx. 5.7 miles away); a different marker also named Independence (approx. 5.9 miles away); First Court of Grayson County (approx. 6.5 miles away); Fries (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Fries (approx. 10.4 miles away); “New River Train” Song (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Payton Guyn Hale. The other
Payton Guyn Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
2. Payton Guyn Hale Marker
three of the Big Four were, like Hale, post Civil War state senators: A. M. Lybrook, S. H. Newberry, B. F. William. While these four do not appear to have caused the dissolution of the Readjuster Party, they early on disrupted the party’s legislative agenda. The Readjuster Party disappeared into the Republican Party after 1883 and Virginia’s Democratic Party returned to power. The Democratic-controlled legislature passed constitutional changes and legislation that effectively disfranchised all blacks and some poor whites and created ‘Jim Crow’ legalized segregation.

In 1931 a portrait of the Big Four and John Massey, unsucessful Readjuster Party candidate for Governor, was unveiled in the old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Richmond.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are other “Big Four” and Readjuster Movement markers.
 
Categories. Politics
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photograph of the Big Four portrait in the Virginia senate chamber. • Can you help?
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