Martin E. Gray Hall

Martin E. Gray Hall (HM2GP9)

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N 37° 33.694', W 77° 27.129'

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Martin E. Gray Hall was named for a church deacon from Willoughby, Ohio who donated $25,000 toward construction of the building. Built in 1899, it was the original dining hall and one of nine buildings constructed by New York architect John Hopper Coxhead.

In February of 1960, 200 Virginia Union students marched from this building to downtown Richmond to stage sit-ins at segregated department stores. The event resulted in the arrest of the "VUU 34." The students were quickly bailed out and celebrated as heroes for initiating the Campaign for Human Dignity that would break the back of racial discrimination in Richmond, Virginia.
HM NumberHM2GP9
Year Placed2012
Placed ByVirginia Union University
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Date Added Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283415 N 4159998
Decimal Degrees37.56156667, -77.45215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.694', W 77° 27.129'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 41.64" N, 77° 27' 7.7400000000001" W
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