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Oliver Hill home gets new lease on life

SALEM – The renovated childhood home of famed civil rights pioneer Oliver Hill will be active once again with a new plan for mentoring and tutoring of Roanoke school students.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with the Roanoke City Schools and the Oliver Hill Foundation to launch an after-school mentoring program at the house in Roanoke’s Gainsboro community.

The plan was announced Monday at a meeting of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court.

Renovation of Hill’s boyhood home was unveiled in 2009, with a plan for a legal clinic. The clinic closed within two years, reportedly because of redundancy of legal aid services in the area.

Organizers hope to set the current plan in motion by January.

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