Historic Marker for Holbrook-Ross Historic District
The Holbrook-Ross Historic District, named for its two major streets, is significant as the first neighborhood in Danville for African American professionals. Lawyers, ministers, dentists, and physicians, as well as business owners, insurance agents, postal clerks, and skilled craftsmen, made it their home in the late 19th century. It grew rapidly during the 1880s following construction of the Danville School, the city's public school for blacks. By the turn of the 20th century, Holbrook Street had become Danville's foremost black residential address.
Backstory and Context
Holbrooks–Ross Street Historic District. Wikipedia. May 09, 2017. Accessed May 10, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holbrooks%E2%80%93Ross_Street_Historic_District.