Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Vibrant, But Segregated Community
The local economy, however, had been devastated by the war and did not provide many opportunities for skilled workers. Available jobs were primarily in mills and factories. Educational opportunities were limited to a segregated school. Still, many African-American small businesses flourished.
These blocks were Fredericksburg’s black center of commerce until the 1970s. Restaurants and boarding houses initially appeared among the residences, catering to the local community as well as to travelers. There were also professional offices, retail stores, barber and beauty shops, a grocery store, a funeral homes and two hotels.
(Sidebar) Constructed in 1884, the Fredericksburg Colored School was located to your left, where the fire station now stands.
Location. 38° 17.969′ N, 77° 27.501′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wolfe Street and Princess Anne Street (Virginia Route 2), on the right when traveling south on Wolfe Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) (here, next to this marker); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away); John Paul Jones House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . African American History of Fredericksburg, Virginia. by Ruth Fitzgerald on HistoryPoint.org. (Submitted on December 3, 2006.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
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