Honoring Oliver Hill
Posted on 11/30/2018
Group of students sitting on the porch of the Oliver Hill House.Oliver Hill was a famous Civil Rights Attorney who worked to dismantle Jim Crow laws in the United States.  He spent part of his childhood in Roanoke.  His home still stands on Gilmer Avenue.  That is where you will now find an historic marker honoring his contributions. 

On November 30th, Superintendent Bishop and other community members gathered to unveil the historic marker.  Oliver Hill's legacy lives on thanks to the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program.  It is a partnership between Roanoke City Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Students from Highland Park, Hurt Park, Lincoln Terrace, and Westside visit weekly after school. 

Now in its 6th year, the program currently serves 23 students.  They receive help with homework, participate in STEM activities, and benefit from positive role models.

Oliver Hill historic marker
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40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502