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

Oscar Micheaux

1893-1951

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
1. Oscar Micheaux Marker
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.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 16.475′ N, 79° 56.534′ W. Marker is in Gainsboro 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.
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
2. Oscar Micheaux Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Henry Street Business District (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunton Life Saving And First Aid Crew (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad Depot (about 400 feet away); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge (about 500 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainsboro.
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 86 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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