Michael Hughes speaks Wednesday (Dec 18) at St. James AME Church in Danville
during the first meeting of the Danville African-American Historical
Society. Hughes and others want to preserve and educate people about the
past of Danville’s vibrant African-American community.
organizes in Boyle
The first Danville African-American Historical Society meeting was
held Wednesday [18 December] at St. James AME Church.
The meeting was led by Michael Hughes and Charles DeRoy Grey, and
dozens of Danville residents gathered to hear information about the
organization and to offer support.
“This all began with an interview with a 92-year-old woman who said
she used to work at a place on Second Street called Green Pasture,”
said Hughes. “I had never heard of it, so after we left her, I noticed
in an old photo I found on a website the words ‘Green Pasture’ on a
store window. That really kicked me into saying I have to do
The area around Second Street was a thriving African-American
business district that was razed in 1974 for urban renewal. It was there
that African-Americans from Boyle County and surrounding areas would
come to shop, socialize and enjoy the nightlife.
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President - Michael Hughes
Vice President - Cindy Peck
Secretary - Betty White
Treasurer - Marthetta Clark
Communications - Michael Denis
The Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society
is committed to the collection, preservation,
accessibility, promotion, and communication of the history of the
Danville-Boyle County African American community.
We believe our responsibility is to ensure that our presence,
existence, and contributions provide the public knowledge that is
essential for future generations to understand and appreciate the
African American heritage in this community.
everyone to support our mission, use our resources, participate in
our programs, and become a member.