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

Miller & Rhoads

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
1. Miller & Rhoads Marker
Inscription.  Pennsylvanians Linton Miller, Webster Rhads, and Simon Gerhart opened a dry goods shop several blocks west of here in 1885. Later known as Miller & Rhoads, the business moved here in 1888, became an upscale department store, and ultimately expanded to nearly half a million square feet of floor space. Miller & Rhoads, along with its friendly rival Thalhimers, anchored Richmond's retail district and drew shoppers from across the region. After African Americans picketed and boycotted downtown stores, Miller & Rhoads fully desegregated by 1961. The company opened more than 20 stores in Virginia and North Carolina before closing in 1990. This building reopened as a mixed-use facility in 2009.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA119.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 32.561′ N, 77° 26.238′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Broad Street
Miller & Rhoads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
2. Miller & Rhoads Marker
(U.S. 33/250) just east of North 5th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Richmond 34" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Richmond 34 (about 400 feet away); George Wythe (about 400 feet away); First Trolley Car System in Richmond (about 800 feet away); John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stewart-Lee House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major James Gibbon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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