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“From Charlottesville. Land Improvement Company—Delegates Elected—Interesting Items.” (May 17, 1890)

SUMMARY

This article, published May 17, 1890, by the Richmond Planet, reports on business, community, and personal news from Charlottesville, including the establishment of the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company, a joint stock company, formed by nine African American businessmen from the Charlottesville area. This was an entrepreneurial attempt to increase property ownership among African Americans, with stockowners assuming risk proportional to their shareholding in the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company.

 

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On the 3rd of May the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Co. purchased 10 city lots and 15 or 20 bordering on the new city, thus you see Charlottesville is blooming and with it booms the only land Improving Co. organized by colored men, chartered by the law and in successful operation in Piedmont, Va. This company is a blessing to us and will produce rich results with such untiring, honest and earnest officers as follows; Pres. Robert Kelsor, Vice Pres. D. D. Alexander, Treas. Chas Cole, Sect. B. E. Tonsler, Directors; J. H. Ferguson, John Cole. W. L. Brown, W. C. Gibbons, Berkley Bullock, S. Saunders, Chas. Goodloe Sr., Stephen Logan,Rev. A. Truatt. We are coming.

Quite a large collection was taken Sunday at the First ColoredBaptist church to send delegates to the convention.Rev. R. Alonza Scott, Mr. Jno. Brown and Mr. Robt. Kelsor, delegates.

Rev. Alexander Truatt preached a fine sermon at Mt. Zion church after which a collection of nearly four hundred dollars was raised to help settle the church debt.

Rev. Robinson of Fredericksburg gave a good lecture to the people Monday night after which a May Festival night was had for the enjoyment of all. Rev. Jefferson also made some very striking remarks.

Mr. Lewis Wayland and Miss Nannie Goodloe were joyfully married April 30, to the sorrow of some who got left.

Miss S. J. Sellars has gone to Washington to spend a short time with her sister Mrs. Mary Reed. She is very much missed by the Literary Society which hopes she will soon return.

Mr. Flemming Green an aged member of the First Baptist Church (colored), was found dead in his room Wednesday at 5 P. M. Heart disease is thought to have been the cause of his death. His funeral was preached at the above named church.

Mrs. Sarah Poindexter beloved daughter of James and Julia Farrar and wife of Thos. Poindexter, died May 12th. She left an infant about a month old, also a host of friends to mourn their loss.

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APA Citation:
Richmond Planet. “From Charlottesville. Land Improvement Company—Delegates Elected—Interesting Items.” (May 17, 1890). (2021, October 28). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/from-charlottesville-land-improvement-companydelegates-electedinteresting-items-may-17-1890.
MLA Citation:
Richmond Planet. "“From Charlottesville. Land Improvement Company—Delegates Elected—Interesting Items.” (May 17, 1890)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (28 Oct. 2021). Web. 30 Nov. 2021
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