Thomas Calhoun Walker Homeplace

Historical Significance

Born enslaved in 1862, Thomas Calhoun Walker became one of the first African Americans to practice law in Gloucester County. Mr. Walker's many achievements are summarized on a marker in front of his home which reads "Here lived Thomas Calhoun Walker the first black to practice law in Gloucester County and a civil rights spokesman who vigorously advocated education and land ownership for blacks. Mr. Walker was elected for two terms to Gloucester's Board of Supervisors, serving from 1891 to 1895. President McKinley appointed him the Commonwealth's first black collector of customs in 1893. He became the only black to hold statewide office in President Roosevelt's Works Project Administration when he was appointed Consultant and Advisor on Negro Affairs in 1934."

Physical Description

A two story frame house.

Geographical and Contact Information

6739 Main Street
Gloucester, Virginia
23061
Phone: 804-693-2155

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Thomas Calhoun Walker Homeplace,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed April 30, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/434.

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