Rufus Edwards Homesite

Gainsboro History Walk

Rufus Edwards Homesite

Roanoke, Virginia 24016, United States

Created By: Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation


Rufus Edwards lived at 415 Gilmer Avenue. He was a brakeman for the Norfolk & Western Railway and served as secretary-treasurer of the Association of Colored Railway Trainmen and Locomotive Firemen. In 1944, he was represented by his childhood friend, Oliver Hill, in a Supreme Court Case that resulted in a landmark court decision that allowed African Americans to join and be represented by labor unions.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Gainsboro History Walk


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