Burkley Bullock (sometimes spelled Berkeley Bullock or Berkley Bullock) was an African American entrepreneur, real estate broker and investor, and community organizer. Born enslaved in Louisa County, Bullock spent his formative years as ato a wealthy financier and merchant in Charlottesville. He learned to from an older member of the enslaved community. His literacy played a key role in his early acquisition of business skills, which may have assisted him in possibly running a store for his enslaver and enabled him to forge his own pass as part of an attempted escape. Shortly before the end of the (1861–1865), he freed himself and his family from slavery. In 1868, Bullock bought the first of more than a dozen properties he would own in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville. He founded the Ivy Creek Baptist Church, known today as Union Ridge Baptist Church; ran several businesses, including a restaurant at Union Station, opposite the Virginia Midland Railway junction; and cofounded the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company, the region’s first state-chartered company organized by Black men for the benefit of the African American community. He also provided for his children’s education. He died in 1908 after a period of poor health and is buried in Charlottesville.