Martinsville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-107.)
Location. 36° 41.592′ N, 79° 52.584′ W. Marker is in Martinsville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Fayette Street (Virginia Route 457) and West Market Street, on the right when traveling east on Fayette Street. Touch for map. It is at the New College Institute. Marker is in this post office area: Martinsville VA 24112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Near War's End (approx. 0.2 miles Henry County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martinsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry County U.D.C. Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Belleview (approx. 3 miles away); Waller's Ford (approx. 3.3 miles away); Martinsville Speedway (approx. 4.1 miles away); Chatmoss (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinsville.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Fayette Street Historic District. Fayette Street Historic District is a national historic district located at Martinsville, Virginia. It encompasses 116 contributing buildings, in a traditionally African-American section of Martinsville. It includes a variety of commercial, religious, educational and residential buildings dating from the late-19th century through the mid- 20th century. Notable buildings include the Dennis Hairston House (c. 1910), community Market (1925), Mt. Carmel Church, Grace United Presbyterian Church (c. 1918), Albert Harris Intermediate School, Alex Hairston House (c. 1923), Baldwin Block, Watkins-Hairston Funeral Home (1931), Gordon Building (1941), and the Imperial Savings and Loan (1953) (Submitted on June 21, 2017.)
2. Baldwin Block - Historical Significance. “Denied privileges at white hospitals, where blacks were often not admitted as patients, many African-American doctors in the South opened small private hospitals such as St. Mary's. Because many black patients were poor, these hospitals were seldom profitable, and the physicians who owned them frequently operated additional businesses.” (Submitted on June 21, 2017.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of Mt. Zion AME Church • Photo of Balwin’s Block • Photo of the June German Ball mural • Photos of other institutions mentioned on the marker • Can you help?