Gainsboro Revisted

Join historian Jordan Bell on his next walking tour of the Historic Gainsboro neighborhood on Saturday October 23rd, 2021.  Participants will meet at the Gainsboro Library located at 15 Patton Avenue NE at 10am.  Jordan will introduce participants to Roanoke’s historic Gainsboro neighborhood, a predominantly black enclave where residents built a community that included self-sufficient businesses, medical offices & facilities, churches, a theatre, a hotel, school, and more creating a vibrant self-sufficient center of Roanoke’s black culture and commerce.  You will visit Henry Street which was the heart of entertainment in Gainsboro with restaurants, hotels, and clubs that hosted musical icons like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat “King” Cole, Dizzie Gillespie and more.  This is one opportunity you will not want to miss.