Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Main and Seventh Streets
The Academy of Music Theatre was built in 1905. Performers included Will Rogers, George M. Cohan, and Mary Pickford. By the 1920s, the Academy hosted a mixture of live performances and movies. The Paramount Theater was built in the 1930s across Main Street where the hotel is now. In 1942, a movie about Lynchburg’s Yancey family, The Vanishing Virginian, premiered there.
By the 1950s, Main Street was a thriving commercial district with five hotels, restaurants, and stores, such as Guggenheimer’s, Millner’s,
During the Civil Rights era, students from Randolph-Macon Woman‘s College, Lynchburg College, and Virginia Theological Seminary staged sit-ins at lunch counters along Main Street, demanding the right to equal service for all races. By the early 1970s, Lynchburg’s businesses and public schools were fully integrated.
(lower left) Academy of Music Theatre Courtesy LynchburgHistory.com
(upper center) Lucey Otey Courtesy LynchburgHistory.com
(upper right) Main Street, looking west from Seventh Street Courtesy LynchburgHistory.com
(lower right) Civil Rights picketers, downtown Lynchburg, 1960 Courtesy LynchburgHistory.com
Lynchburg is a city rich in the history of Virginia and the nation. As with any city, some of our sites and buildings that reflect that history have changed over the centuries since Lynchburg’s origins in the 1750s. You can see for yourself the city’s historic places and how they have changed or remained intact. Just let the map guide you to the many historical markers that are located downtown. Enjoy learning about Lynchburg!
Erected 2011 by The Lynchburg History Marker Program.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 37° 25.022′ N, 79° 8.647′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street north of 7th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Main Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Academy of Music (1905-1958) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (about 400 feet away); Allen Weir Freeman, M.D. (about 700 feet away); Douglas Southall Freeman (about 700 feet away); Court Street Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); John Daniel’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter Glass (approx. 0.2 miles away); Point of Beginning (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
Also see . . .
1. Lynchburg Museum System . (Submitted on May 27, 2014.)
2. Lynchburg History. (Submitted on May 27, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.