Two Historical Highway Markers Approved For Lynchburg - - ABC13

Two Historical Highway Markers Approved For Lynchburg


Lynchburg, VA - Eight new historical highway markers have recently been approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  Two of those are in Lynchburg.

In Lynchburg a new marker will recall Amelia Perry Pride’s Dorchester Home. “Established in 1897 by Hampton Institute graduate and Lynchburg public school principal Amelia Perry Pride,” according to the sign’s text, the home “provided shelter, fuel, clothing, and food for its residents until their deaths.” Pride, who adhered to “Hampton Institute’s principle of uplifting her race through self-help,” was “a passionate advocate of African American and Virginia Indian education,” in the words of the forthcoming marker.

Another Lynchburg marker will highlight Camp Davis, “a Civil War mustering ground for Confederate troops from Virginia under the command of Colonel Jubal A. Early.” The camp was located in a part of the city that emerged as an African American neighborhood during Reconstruction, “when Camp Davis became an important refuge for freed slaves,” according to the approved marker’s text. The camp was also the site before 1870 of a Federal military headquarters, a Freedmen's Bureau’s Camp Davis School, and a black Methodist Episcopal church.

Both Lynchburg markers are sponsored by Old City Cemetery, the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, and the Lynchburg Historical Foundation.



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