The Original Cooperative Center
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This was the commercial hub of Aberdeen Gardens, a mini-mall that included a grocery store, barbershop and tavern. Although it has seen many changes since the neighborhood was created in 1939, it has been a vital part of the community. Originally, there was a co-op food store, owned and run by residents. Later it became Brown's Grocery.
In 1945, William Roscoe Walker, Jr., Aberdeen's first resident manager, moved his office from his home on East Russell Road to what had been the barbershop. The following year, his recommendation that those who could afford to buy the homes be allowed to do so was accepted. They paid between $1,800 for a three-bedroom house and $3,300 for a five-bedroom house. Walker was well known and respected in the community. It was his home that Eleanor Roosevelt visited when she toured Aberdeen Gardens in April 1938.
Erected 2010 by Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce
Location. 37° 1.948′ N, 76° 24.501′ W. Marker is in Briarfield in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on North Mary Peake Boulevard 0.3 miles south of West Walker Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 N Mary Peake Blvd, Hampton VA 23666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Todd Farmhouse (a few steps from this marker); Once Hampton Institute's Farm (a few steps from this marker); Aberdeen Elementary School (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beginnings of Aberdeen Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Aberdeen Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tucker's Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Deaf and Blind School (approx. 2.1 miles away); George W. Carver High School (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Briarfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.