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

Oscar Micheaux

1893-1951

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
1. Oscar Micheaux Marker
Inscription. Oscar Micheaux, renowned leading creator of African American "race films" between 1919 and 1948, produced up to six full-length films in Roanoke between 1922 and 1925. The Strand Theatre housed the Micheaux Film Corporation from 1923 to 1925, while Micheaux lodged across the street at the Hampton Hotel, now the Dumas. Many of Roanoke's black professionals bought stock in Micheaux's corporation and five served on its board of directors including Alfred F. Brooks, who built the Strand. Famous civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill, Sr., then a student boarding in Roanoke, had a walk-on part in one film.
 
Erected 2007 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-90.)
 
Location. 37° 16.475′ N, 79° 56.534′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Henry Street and Loudon Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Henry Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Train to Big Lick (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Roanoke (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Hotel Roanoke
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By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
2. Oscar Micheaux Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk and Western Passenger Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Market Square Walkway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roanoke - A Railroad Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Operation Fast Freight (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Finest Steam Passenger Locomotive (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
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Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
Oscar Micheaux Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, May 28, 2017
3. Oscar Micheaux Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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