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

Oliver White Hill Sr.

(1907-2007)

 
 
Oliver White Hill Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
1. Oliver White Hill Sr. Marker
Inscription.  Oliver White Hill Sr., Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, worked to dismantle Jim Crow laws in the United States. Over his nearly seven-decade career as a civil rights attorney, Hill challenged inequities in education, employment, and public facilities. With law partner Spottswood W. Robinson III, Hill argued Davis v. Prince Edward County, one of four cases consolidated into the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board. Hill lived here at 401 Gilmer Avenue NW with Lelia and Bradford Pentecost from 1913-1923. After completing high school, college, and law school In Washington, DC, he returned to Roanoke's Gainsboro community in 1934 to practice law. Hill settled in Richmond in 1939.
 
Erected 2008 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-91.)
 
Location. 37° 16.618′ N, 79° 56.806′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Gilmer Avenue Northwest just west of 4th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk directly in
Oliver White Hill Sr. Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
2. Oliver White Hill Sr. Marker (wide view)
front of the subject house, near the southwest corner of the property. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Gilmer Avenue Northwest, 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 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oscar Micheaux (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Train to Big Lick (approx. 0.4 miles away); Roanoke Milestones (approx. 0.4 miles away); Norfolk & Western General Office Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Jefferson Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Roanoke (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
Also see . . .  Oliver White Hill. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Howard University, he graduated in 1933 from Howard University Law School, second in his class only to his friend Thurgood Marshall. In Richmond, Hill founded his first law firm, Hill, Martin and Robinson, and joined with Charles Hamilton Houston on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) legal team. In addition to his civil rights litigation, Hill served as an officer or on the board of many national, state, and local organizations, including the NAACP and the National Bar Association. On August 11, 1999 President Bill Clinton awarded Hill with the Presidential
Childhood Home of Oliver White Hill Sr.<br>(<i>mounted just to right of front entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
3. Childhood Home of Oliver White Hill Sr.
(mounted just to right of front entrance)
Attorney & counsellor, social activist seeking to end racial discrimination, segregation and apartheid in America. For over six decades (1934-36, 1939-98) Oliver Hill litigated cases in Virginia to secure, defend, protect and preserve equal justice under the law for all, including school children, teachers, poor people, African-Americans and other excluded persons.
Home purchased by
The Oliver White Hill Foundation in
2007
Medal of Freedom. (Submitted on October 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsLaw Enforcement
 
Oliver White Hill Sr. Childhood Home(<i>southeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
4. Oliver White Hill Sr. Childhood Home(southeast corner view)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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