Fayette walking tour to end

July 24, 2005

The last day for viewing the window-front exhibit, "Working and Playing on Fayette Street," displayed in several locations uptown and along Fayette Street, will be Tuesday, July 26.

The self-guided walking tour exhibit is a project of the Fayette Street Historical Initiative (FAHI) and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a partnership funded through The Harvest Foundation of Martinsville and the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The 20 exhibit posters, using reproductions of historical documents, photographs, maps and personal recollections, attempt to convey the kind of experiences African-American residents in Martinsville shared during the previous century, whether that meant playing on the all-black Albert Harris High School football team, working at one of the several Jobbers Pants factories, attending the June-German Ball or stopping by Baldwin?s Pharmacy for an ice cream cone.

To view "Working and Playing on Fayette Street," viewers may begin either in the 200 block of Fayette Street and proceed east, or start at the former Holt?s Department Store at the corner of Church and Bridge streets and make their way west along Fayette Street. Exhibit guides are available at the new FAHI office at 504 Fayette St. and at the Chamber of Commerce offices at 115 Broad St.

Questions about FAHI and its efforts to collect, preserve and interpret area history along the Fayette Street corridor can be directed to Program Coordinator Linda Strange-Dillard or Project Historian Jeanne Siler at 732-3496.


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