Dr. Taylor F. Finley Historical

Dr. Taylor F. Finley Historical (HM1T8J)

Location: Winchester, VA 22601
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N 39° 11.15', W 78° 9.642'

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Dentist, Teacher, Recreation Center Operation

Birth: June 5, 1901 Death: February 5, 1957
Dr. Finley, whose dental office was located at 232 East Piccadilly Street from 1936 until the 1950s, was the black community's only practicing dentist beginning in 1928. He also taught science and manual training at the Douglas School. Finley was founder of the Douglas High School's Alumni Association and a member of the Daniel J. Farrar Elks Lodge. He was born in Winchester and spent his entire life here. His grandson, Donald L. Finley, Sr. was the first African-American man elected to Winchester City Council.
Dr. Finley operated the Finley Recreation Center located at 567 North Kent Street. It was a skating rink and dance hall that opened in 1940 and closed the mid-1950s. Children could roller skate during the day and adults enjoyed the popular gathering place in the evenings. Here Ray Charles, James Brown, Lloyd Price and Fats Domino played to sell-out crowds. The center was also rented for social functions, and held the first meetings of the Douglas Alumni Association.
Dr. Taylor Floyd Finley, DDS, Courtesy of Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA
2010 View of buildings along E. Piccadilly St and N. East Lane including those demolished in 2015 as part of Gateway improvement project. Dr. Finley's office
and home was at 232 E. Piccadilly St. He attended school nearby at the former Douglas School.
HM NumberHM1T8J
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Date Added Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 745235 N 4341240
Decimal Degrees39.18583333, -78.16070000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 11.15', W 78° 9.642'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 11' 9" N, 78° 9' 38.52" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 222 E Piccadilly St, Winchester VA 22601, US
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