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GB069 Harrison School Faculty 1948-1950.jpg
Harrison School Faculty 1948/1950.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually expanding the curriculum…

GB068 Harrison School; Mr. Thomas Payne's First Class.jpg
Mr. Thomas Payne's first class.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually expanding the curriculum to…

GB067.6 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067.5 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067.4 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067.3 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067.2 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067.1 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB067 Harrison School.jpg
Students playing on the basketball court at Harrison School.

Harrison School was built in 1916 for the cost of $31,818 and opened in the winter of 1917. Lucy Addison served as the school’s first principal. Addison was responsible for gradually…

GB061 Rev. E. E. Ricks, First Baptist Church Gainsboro.jpg
Rev. E. E. Ricks was served as pastor of First Baptist Church Gainsboro from 1915 to 1918.

GB060 First Baptist Church Gainsboro Bible School.jpg
First Baptist Church Gainsboro can trace its origins back to September 30, 1867, when a small congregation held service, led by Rev. Edmond Johnson, in a dwelling on Hart Avenue, establishing the Big Lick Colored Baptist Church. As membership…

GB059 Rev. A. L. James, First Baptist Church Gainsboro.jpg
Rev. Arthur L. James was born August 1, 1877 in Madison, Florida Howard and Lula James. During WWI James served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces as secretary under the War Work Council of the Y. M. C. A. From 1918 to 1957, James…

GB058 First Baptist Church Gainsboro, Interior.jpg
First Baptist Church Gainsboro can trace its origins back to September 30, 1867, when a small congregation held service, led by Rev. Edmond Johnson, in a dwelling on Hart Avenue, establishing the Big Lick Colored Baptist Church. As membership…

GB057 Decons and Trustees of First Baptist Church Gainsboro.jpg
First Baptist Church Gainsboro can trace its origins back to September 30, 1867, when a small congregation held service, led by Rev. Edmond Johnson, in a dwelling on Hart Avenue, establishing the Big Lick Colored Baptist Church. As membership…

GB045 Dr. Elwood D. Downing.jpg
Dr. Ellwood Davis Downing was prominent dentist and civic leader. Downing was born September 9, 1891. He was the son of Rev. Lylburn L. Downing, pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Downing served as an officer in WWI and WWII and was an…

GB044 Bings Club - Copy.jpg
Bings Social Club

GB043 Dr. Ellwood D. Downing and Mrs. Downing.jpg
Dr. Ellwood Davis Downing was prominent dentist and civic leader. Downing was born September 9, 1891. He was the son of Rev. Lylburn L. Downing, pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Downing served as an officer in WWI and WWII and was an…

GB033 Dr. F. W. Claytor.jpg
Dr. Frank William Claytor was born April 8, 1913 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was the oldest son of Dr. John B. Claytor Sr. and Roberta M. Woodfin Claytor. After graduating from Knoxville College in 1933, Claytor earned his medical degree from Meharry…

GB032 Dr. J. B. Claytor.jpg
Dr. John B. Claytor Sr. was born April 2, 1878 in Floyd County, Virginia. In 1907 Claytor began a medical practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Claytor was a founder of Burrell Memorial Hospital and was Emeritus Chief of the hospital’s department of…

GB031 Dr. J. B. Claytor.jpg
Dr. John B. Claytor Sr. was born April 2, 1878 in Floyd County, Virginia. In 1907 Claytor began a medical practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Claytor was a founder of Burrell Memorial Hospital and was Emeritus Chief of the hospital’s department of…

GB030 Daisy Schley.jpg
Daisy Schley was a nurse at Burrell Memorial Hospital.

GB029 Lucy Addison.jpg
Lucy Addison was born enslaved in Fauquier County, Virginia on December 8, 1861. After graduating from the Quaker-run Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia in 1882 with a degree in teaching, Addison began her life-long career as an educator. …

GB025 Virginia Y. Lee.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned…

GB024 Virginia Y. Lee - Copy.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned…

GB023 Freemasons Group.jpg
African American Freemasons group.

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GB021 First Baptist Church of Gainsboro, Interior.jpg
Interior of the original sancuary of the First Baptist Church in Gainsboro. The building was designed by architect Henry Harwell Huggins and was located at 407 North Jefferson Street. A cornerstone for the church was laid and ground was broken in…

GB018 Oliver Hill.jpg
Civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill in front of his childhood home at 401 Gilmer Avenue, now the Oliver Hill House.

GB017 Harrison School Boys' Choir.jpg
Harrison School Boys choir.

GB016 African-American Railroad Workers - Copy.jpg
African American railroad workers.

GB013 C. C. Williams.jpg
Christopher Chamberlin Williams of Williams Funeral Home, now Serenity Funeral Home. Mr. Williams served on the Board of Trustees for both the Gainsboro Library and the William A. Hunton YMCA.

GB010 LAHS Football Game at Victory Stadium.jpg
Lucy Addison High School football game at Victory Stadium.

GB012 Dr. J. H Roberts.jpg
Dr. James H. Roberts was a co-founder of Burrell Memorial Hospital, Magic City Medical Society, and the William A. Hunton YMCA.

GB009 Nursing Staff at Burrell Memorial Hospital.jpg
The nursing staff of Burrell Memorial Hospital at an unidentified function on the hospital's grounds.

GB006 Burrell Memorial Hospital.jpg
Unidentified function on the grounds of Burrell Memorial Hospital.

GB004 LAHS Girls Basketball Team.jpg
Lucy Addison High School Girls' basketball team.

GB003 LAHS Majorettes.jpg
Lucy Addison High School Majorettes in front of the Gainsboro Library.

GB001 Dr Paxton.jpg
Dr. Lawrence E. Paxton operated a dental practice on Wells Avenue.
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