I have lived in Gloucester Court House since 1952. I grew up hearing a lot about Thomas Calhoun Walker. I remember being in his presence once before he died in November 1953. My piano teacher, Clementine Walker Jones, was his niece. Her mother married John Walker, T.C. Walker’s brother. Their home was a two-story house on Main Street across from Duval Avenue.
The recent mural done on Main Street and Route 14 is a wonderful tribute to Lawyer Walker (as he was called by locals), a native Black son who contributed much to Gloucester County and Virginia. In the years since his passing in 1953, his legacy has faded. The house he bought in 1900 sits boarded up atop Edgehill, across from the Bangkok Noi Thai restaurant on Main Street. It is owned by the Hampton University. He wrote his autobiography book, “The Honey-pod Tree.”
I’m very proud that his life has been celebrated through this well-done mural by Michael Rosato. Until this mural, there was nothing ...
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