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Walker-Wood Family Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0294

Scope and Contents

These papers include many photographs and items concerning the Walker and Wood families, their homes, their activities; and material about the economic, social, educational, and religious life of the African-American community in Lexington, Virginia. Extensive notes have been provided by Alex Wood, identifying his family members in photos, marking records to indicate relevance or functional purpose, and occasionally providing his perspective on the contents of records. Numerous records concern their properities, particular the Blandome home, and its 2001 acceptance to the National and Virginia State registers of historic places. Some records concern community advocacy for the development and creation of Lylburn Downing School. The collection also includes a typed letter written and signed by Virginia governor James H. Price, dated July 2, 1940, anniversary booklets of the First Baptist Church of Lexington, Virginia, and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1910-1975
  • Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk 1910-1940


Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Walker and Wood families were prominent African-American families during the 20th century in Lexington, Virginia.


4 Linear Feet

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