Created By: Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation
Oliver Hill, Sr., the famous civil rights attorney known for his work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Brown v. Board of Education (1954), was raised in Roanoke. He lived with the Pentecost Family at this house at 401 Gilmer Avenue. He attended Harrison School and moved to Washington DC to attend high school because Roanoke did not offer education beyond elementary school. After graduating from Howard University Law School, he practiced law in an office at 31 Centre Avenue from 1934-1936.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Gainsboro History Walk