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

Quality Row

 
 
Quality Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 30, 2010
1. Quality Row Marker
Inscription. During the 1920's this block of East Leigh Street was known as Quality Row. Upper middle class African-American families lived in these homes. Their neighborhood, Jackson Ward, became the most enterprising African-American business district in the nation and its leaders flourished in these surroundings.

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Reverend J. Andrew Bowler lived here at 112 E. Leigh Street with his family from 1915 until his death in 1935. Reverend Bowler founded nearby Mount Olivet Baptist Church. He also organized and taught at the first African-American school located in Richmond's Church Hill Neighborhood.

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Mrs. Lillian H. Payne lived at 114 E. Leigh Street for more than 20 years. A very close friend and business colleague of Maggie L. Walker, Mrs. Payne managed the office of the Order of St. Luke. The order was the largest of its kind in the country. She supervised nearly fifty employees at the St. Luke building, 900 St. James Street.
 
Location. 37° 32.86′ N, 77° 26.257′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Leigh Street and North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on East Leigh Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Quality Row (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 30, 2010
2. Quality Row (facing east)
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Legacy on Leigh Street (a few steps from this marker); Alfred D. “A.D.” Price (within shouting distance of this marker); Millerís and Eggleston Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Ward (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Giles Beecher Jackson (about 500 feet away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Navy Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Mitchell, Jr., "Fighting Editor" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of Rev. Bowler and on the right a photo of Mrs. Payne.
 
Also see . . .  Jackson Ward Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansIndustry & CommerceNotable Places
 
Quality Row (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 30, 2010
3. Quality Row (facing west)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 830 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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