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Montgomery Hall Park

 
 
Montgomery Hall Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2017
1. Montgomery Hall Park Marker
Inscription.  Montgomery Hall Park, a municipal park for African Americans during the segregation era, opened on 4 July 1947. The Rev. T. J. Jemison of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, an African American community leader, persuaded Staunton City Council to purchase about 150 acres for the project. The land had been part of John Howe Peyton’s Montgomery Hall plantation, established early in the 19th century. A committee of African American citizens appointed by City Council managed the park, which featured a swimming pool, bowling alley, and picnic facilities and drew crowds from throughout central Virginia. Staunton’s park system was desegregated late in the 1960s.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I-32.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainmentNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1947.
 
Location. 38° 8.747′ N, 79° 5.381′ 
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W. Marker is in Staunton, Virginia. Marker is on Montgomery Avenue south of Peck and Stuart Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Montgomery Avenue, Staunton VA 24401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augusta County Confederates Plaque (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Dead Monument - Thornrose Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stuart Hall (approx. ¾ mile away); The Hon. Archibald Stuart (approx. 0.8 miles away); Trinity Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Alexander Humphreys (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Wesleyan Female Institute (approx. 0.8 miles away); Central Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
 
Also see . . .  City of Staunton Parks & Recreation - Montgomery Hall Park. This page has a number of photos of the park. (Submitted on September 2, 2017.) 
 
Montgomery Hall Park Marker at Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2017
2. Montgomery Hall Park Marker at Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the park • Photos of Montgomery Hall • Can you help?

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