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

Martin E. Gray Hall

 
 
Martin E. Gray Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
1. Martin E. Gray Hall Marker
Inscription.  Martin E. Gray Hall was named for a church deacon from Willoughby, Ohio who donated $25,000 toward construction of the building. Built in 1899, it was the original dining hall and one of nine buildings constructed by New York architect John Hopper Coxhead.

In February of 1960, 200 Virginia Union students marched from this building to downtown Richmond to stage sit-ins at segregated department stores. The event resulted in the arrest of the "VUU 34." The students were quickly bailed out and celebrated as heroes for initiating the Campaign for Human Dignity that would break the back of racial discrimination in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Erected 2012 by Virginia Union University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1960.
 
Location. 37° 33.694′ N, 77° 27.129′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia
Martin E. Gray Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
2. Martin E. Gray Hall Marker
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. Marker can be reached from West Graham Road west of Brook Road, on the left when traveling west. On the grounds of Virginia Union University. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 North Lombardy Street, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pickford Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coburn Hall (about 300 feet away); Ellison Hall (about 400 feet away); Huntley Hall (about 500 feet away); Henderson Center (about 500 feet away); Virginia Union University 150th Anniversary Memorial (about 600 feet away); First Southern African American Girl Scouts (about 700 feet away); Virginia Union University (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Additional keywords. HBCUs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 17, 2022