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

Coburn Hall

 

óVirginia Union University ó

 
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By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
1. Coburn Hall Marker
Inscription. Coburn Hall was constructed in 1899 and named for Maine governor Abner Coburn. It held Virginia Unionís original chapel and library collection. Many legendary pastors and scholars preached and lectured in Coburn Hall, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Ms. Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Benhamin Mays, and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois.

In May of 1970, fire gutted Coburn Hall, silencing the pulpit of the chapel until enough money was raised for the rebuilding of the beloved edifice in 1991. One year later, Coburnís chapel was named for Virginia Unionís seventh president, Dr. Allix B. James.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 37° 33.678′ N, 77° 27.062′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Lombardy Street and Brook Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Union University 150th Anniversary Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Union University (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Virginia Union University
Coburn Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
2. Coburn Hall Marker
(about 800 feet away); Maggie Lena Walker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hartshorn Memorial College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Baconís Quarter (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Richmond College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Coburn Hall. Built in Virginia granite, it was designed by John Coxhead of Buffalo, New York, in late-Victorian Romanesque Revival style along with eight other buildings, six of which survive.
 
Categories. African AmericansArchitectureChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation
 
Coburn Hall image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
3. Coburn Hall
Coburn Hall Builderís Stone image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
4. Coburn Hall Builderís Stone
“Buildings erected 1899 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society; Stephen Greene, President; E.J. Morgan, Corporate Secretary; M. MacVicar, Superintendent of Education; John. H. Coxhead, Architect; A.D. Houghton, Builder.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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