Veterans of the civil rights battles of Virginia recalled the fight as they honored the memory of attorney Oliver W. Hill on the sunny front lawn of Hill’s boyhood home this afternoon.
The house in Roanoke’s Gainsboro community, renovated through the efforts of Hill’s admirers who founded the Oliver White Hill Foundation, will house a legal clinic operated by Washington and Lee University’s law school.
Hill was among a group of attorneys who fought to end “separate-but-equal” schools for African-American children in the South. “They changed the face of the world,” said Elaine Jones, former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
By Peter Vieth