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GB135 Rev. L. L. Downing.jpg
Rev. Lylburn L. Downing of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

GB130 Millie Paxton.jpg
Millie Paxton.

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St. Gerard’s Catholic Church.

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St. John’s AME Zion Church.

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Group portrait

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Group of children participating in a pageant or play.

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Group of children sitting in a room.

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Geneva Ford, library staff member, at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Mother and infant at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children working on a project at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children reading books at the Gainsboro Library.

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Young man reaching for a book at the Gainsboro Library

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Gainsboro Library display with Virginia Y. Lee.

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Library display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, child sitting at a table.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior. Virginia Y. Lee, center.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with a group of library patrons. YMCA location.

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Group of children in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Children dressed in costume in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, exterior, with a children’s class.

GB104.1 Economy Shoe Repair.jpg
Economy Shoe Repair on Henry Street.

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Economy Shoe Repair on Henry Street. Shop owner Earnest O. Greene.

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Unidentified group photograph of men at a table.

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Unidentified group photograph of women.

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Unidentified group photograph at night.

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Group of women in formal attire in front of a stage with instruments.

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GB099 Gainsboro School.jpg
Gainsboro School First Grade Class 1946. Teacher Mattie Bell Morris (back row).

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Teachers on an Appalachian Electric Power Company Tour. First from left, Hollis Williams (Carver High); fourth from left, unnamed but identified as a Home Economics teacher at Addison; first from right, Coach Cannanday (Carver High); third from…

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Group portrait of teachers. Front row seated, second from left, Mattie Bell Morris; third from left, Sadie Lawson; front row seated, first on right, Marie Bailey; third from right, Ms. Hackley. Back row, fourth from left, Ms. Hackley.

GB096 Ella F. Bowden.jpg
Ella F. Bowden, First Librarian of the Gainsboro Library, 1921-1923.

GB095 Rev. Arthur L. James.jpg
Rev. Arthur L. James, First Baptist Church.

GB094.6 Burrell Memorial Hospital 1955.jpg
Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

GB094.1 Burrell Memorial Hosptial 1955.jpg
Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

GB093 Order of the Eastern Star.jpg
Order of the Eastern Star group photograph.

GB091 Order of the Eastern Star.jpg
Order of the Eastern Star group photograph in front of the Allegany-Dunbar Freemason’s Prince Hall.

GB087 Ebenezer A.M.E. Church.jpg
Ebenezer A. M. E. Church.

GB081 Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.

GB080.1 Gainsboro Library.jpg
Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. “First persons to register at GB.” Right to Left: Mrs. Sally Lawson, C. C. Williams, J. L. Reid, Mrs. E. R. Dudley, Rev. A. L. James, Dr. E. R. Dudley and Mrs. Ida Closs

GB080 Gainsboro Library Reading Club (at the Odd Fellows Hall Location).jpg
Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. Gainsboro Reading Club

GB079 Virginia Y. Lee (left) and an Unidentified Woman at the Gainsboro Library.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee and unidentified woman in front of the Gainsboro Library.

GB078 Women's Professional and Business Club.jpg
Woman’s Professional & Business Club.

GB077.1 Unidentified Group in front of a Transformer Station.jpg
Unidentified group photograph in front of a transformer station.

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Unidentified group photograph in front of a transformer station.

GB075 Mr. Dowe (far right) and Rev. Edwards (third from right).jpg
Unidentified man playing piano and unidentified woman singing. Far right: Mr. Dowe and third from right: Rev. Edwards.

GB074 Rev. Douglas and Unidentified Woman.jpg
Rev. Douglas and unidentified woman.

GB073.1 Bishop L. E. Willis and Shadrack Brown Jr.jpg
Bishop L. E. Willis and Shadrack Brown Jr.

GB073 Bishop L. E. Willis, Wilbert McNair, Shadrack Brown Jr., Samuel Wade and Norton B. Wilder.jpg
Bishop L. E. Willis, Wilbert McNair, Shadrack Brown Jr., Samuel Wade, and Norton B. Wilder.

GB072.3 Frist Baptist Church Gainsboro, Dr. Noel C. Taylor.jpg
First Baptist Church of Gainsboro. Dr. Noel C. Taylor.

GB072.1 First Baptist Church Gainsboro, Rev. Charles Green.jpg
First Baptist Church Gainsboro. Rev. Charles Green.

GB072 First Baptist Church Gainsboro, Roy Williams.jpg
First Baptist Church of Gainsboro. Roy Williams.

GB071 Dinner at the Hunton Branch YMCA.jpg
Dinner at the Hunton Branch YMCA, Gainsboro Road. Circa late 1930’s or Early 1940’s.

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Group photograph.. Dr. Harry Penn, back row, first from left.

GB040 Dr. Harry Penn, second from right, back row, plaid suit.jpg
Large group at a long table. Dr. Harry Penn, second from right, back row, plaid suit.

GB039 John Claytor III, Sandra Clytor, John B. Claytor Jr. and Ruth Claytor, Easter 1969.jpg

Left to right: John Claytor III, Sandra Elizabeth Claytor Peery, John B. Claytor Jr., and Ruth Williams Claytor. “Easter 1969.”

GB037 Group in front of Canada's Ice Cream.jpg
Group photograph with Ruth Claytor (in light colored coat) in front of Canada’s Ice Cream on Henry Street.

GB036 Dr. Elwood D. Downing, front far left.jpg
Dr. Elwood D. Downing, front far left, and an unidentified group of men.

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Dr. John B. Claytor Jr.

GB028 Virginia Y. Lee with Unidentified Woman.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee and unknown woman.

GB022 Atwood's Capitol View Tours.jpg
Group photograph with Atwood’s Capitol View Tours bus.

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Girls’ athletics group and spectators.

GB005 Aladdin Temple #34.jpg
Aladdin Temple #34 on parade, Patton Avenue in front of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.. “Miss Bertha White, Ill. Commandress, Roanoke, VA.”

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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 to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 her…

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Unidentified function on the grounds of Burrell Memorial Hospital.

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Lucy Addison High School Girls' basketball team.

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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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