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Thomas Calhoun Walker (1862-1953) NW-11 | Marker History

Thomas Calhoun Walker (1862-1953) Marker, NW-11

Here lived Thomas Calhoun Walker, the first black to practice law in Gloucester County and a civil rights spokesman who vigorously advocated education and land ownership for blacks. Mr. Walker was elected for two terms to Gloucester's Board of Supervisors, serving from 1891 to 1895. President William McKinley appointed him the Commonwealth's first black collector of customs in 1893. He became the only black to hold statewide office in President Roosevelt's Works Project Administration when he was appointed Consultant and Advisor on Negro Affairs in 1934.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1986
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061. Located on Main Street (Hwy 17), less than 1/5 of a mile west of the junction of Main Street (Hwy 17) and John Clayton Memorial Hwy (Rt. 3). Marker is on the right when traveling west on Main Street (Hwy 17).
GPS Location: 37.412865,-76.52214
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