James F. Lipscomb

James F. Lipscomb (HMK76)

Location: Farmville, VA 23901 Cumberland County
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N 37° 21.572', W 78° 22.713'

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James F. Lipscomb was born a free black on 4 December 1830 in Cumberland County. He worked first as a farm laborer, then as a carriage driver in Richmond. In 1867 he returned to Cumberland County, where he accumulated more than 500 acres of land. Lipscomb served in the House of Delegates between 1869 and 1877, one of 87 African-Americans elected to the General Assembly in the late 19th century. In 1871 he opened a general store in his home, part of which stands nearby, and operated it until his death on 10 August 1893. His grandson and granddaughter-in-law, John and Romaine Lipscomb, moved it into a new building on this site in 1921. The Lipscomb store, a community institution and social center, was closed in 1971 and demolished in 1987.
HM NumberHMK76
Marker NumberO 55
Year Placed1994
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 11:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 732165 N 4137981
Decimal Degrees37.35953333, -78.37855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.572', W 78° 22.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 34.32" N, 78° 22' 42.78" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2024-2026 Cumberland Rd, Farmville VA 23901, US
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