05 Jan Time to Save a Bit of Local History
In the space of just a few blocks just past Main Street that wrap around downtown Lynchburg can be found a treasure trove of the history of Central Virginia’s African-American community.
Fifth Street, for decades, was the cultural and economic black “Main Street,” home of a myriad of black-owned businesses, clubs that hosted some of the luminaries of the Jazz Age and other institutions that sustained the community throughout the age of Jim Crow.
Travel down Fifth Street, take a left at Park Avenue and another left off Park onto Pierce Street, and you’re in a neighborhood like none other in the Hill City. There you’ll be walking in the steps of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, her son and black aviation pioneer Chauncey Spencer, acclaimed college educator Frank Trigg, longtime Lynchburg educator and vice mayor Clarence W. Seay and physician and sports legend Walter Johnson.