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Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

West 15th Street Historic District

 

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

 
West 15th Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. West 15th Street Historic District Marker
Inscription. This district was once the economic and social hub of Anniston's African American community. In its heyday (1940-1950), the District was a "city within a city," with businesses that catered to the black community. Grocery stores, restaurants, doctors' offices, barber and beauty shops, a hotel, and other businesses thrived. The Gem Theater showed movies and hosted celebrity entertainers such as Cab Calloway and Lewis Jordan. At the Blair Hotel, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held strategy sessions with Rev. Nimrod Q. Reynolds and Dr. Gordon Rodgers. The District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
 
Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 33° 39.827′ N, 85° 50.116′ W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is on West 15th Street west of Walnut Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 West 15th Street, Anniston AL 36201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seventeenth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Organized 1887 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Human Relations Council (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965
View of the former West 15th Street Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. View of the former West 15th Street Historic District
The District included buildings along West 15th Street from numbers 416 to 712 inclusive. The approximately 17 buildings are part of the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Greyhound Bus Station Protest, May 14, 1961 (approx. half a mile away); Temple Beth El (approx. half a mile away); Anniston World War (approx. half a mile away); Saint Michael and All Angels (approx. half a mile away); The Legacy of the Military / Anniston's Military Heritage (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
 
Regarding West 15th Street Historic District. In its day, there were four churches, six practicing doctors, five barber shops and four beauty shops, three shoe shops, two grocery stores, three service stations, two tailors, a music studio and a photography studio, a real-estate agent, three barbecue restaurants, two hotels, four funeral homes, a fire department, a dry cleaners, and for entertainment, the Gem Theater, the Blue Light Savoy and the Sugar Bowl.
 
Also see . . .
1. Anniston Civil Rights Trail Map (.pdf). (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. National Park Service - National Register Application Form. (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
West 15th Street Historic District Marker and "City within a City" mural. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
3. West 15th Street Historic District Marker and "City within a City" mural.

 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce
 
"City within a City" Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
4. "City within a City" Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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