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Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Block

 
 
The Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
1. The Block Marker
Inscription. Heart of the black community, area was the center for black business, education, religion, and social life but also had Greek, Italian, Lebanese and Syrian businesses. Many local black leaders had ties to the area, which declined due to 1960s urban renewal and interstate system. Named first local historic district in 2011, the 25-acre area has five National Register sites.
 
Location. 38° 21.1′ N, 81° 37.715′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on Shrewsbury Street north of Christopher Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of the Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 Shrewsbury Street, Charleston WV 25301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Capitol (approx. mile away); Battle of Charleston (approx. half a mile away); Fort Clendenin (approx. half a mile away); First Gas Well (approx. half a mile away); Fort Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away); William Blizzard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Military Occupation (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .
Wide view of The Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
2. Wide view of The Block Marker

1. West Virginia Center for African - American Art & Culture: The Block Historic District. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Mattie V. Lee House - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Elizabeth Harden Gilmore House - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
4. Garnet High School - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
5. Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
6. Samuel Starks House - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
7. The Charleston Gazette | Charleston remembers 'The Block,' the heart of its black community. (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African Americans
 
Garnet High School image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
3. Garnet High School
This building added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, is one of five listed properties in "The Block" historic district.
Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 23, 2014
4. Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
This building added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, is one of five listed properties in "The Block" historic district.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
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