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Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oscar Micheaux

1893-1951

 
 
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Inscription.  Oscar Micheaux, renowned leading creator of African American "race films" between 1919 and 1948, produced up to six full-length films in Roanoke between 1922 and 1925. The Strand Theatre housed the Micheaux Film Corporation from 1923 to 1925, while Micheaux lodged across the street at the Hampton Hotel, now the Dumas. Many of Roanoke's black professionals bought stock in Micheaux's corporation and five served on its board of directors including Alfred F. Brooks, who built the Strand. Famous civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill, Sr., then a student boarding in Roanoke, had a walk-on part in one film.
 
Erected 2007 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-90.)
 
Location. 37° 16.475′ N, 79° 56.534′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Henry Street and Loudon Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Henry Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Street Business District (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge
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(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Train to Big Lick (about 600 feet away); Norfolk & Western General Office Building (about 700 feet away); North Jefferson Street (about 700 feet away); Hotel Roanoke (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Hotel Roanoke (approx. 0.2 miles away); First National Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
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Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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