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Tour examines once vibrant black-owned business community

As part of the 2015 Black History Month celebration in Gloucester, guides Harriott Lomax and Franklin Lemon led a well-attended walking tour Saturday of the locations of former black-owned businesses in the court house area.

Along the court circle, Lemon pointed out where Dr. Robert S. Turner’s office was located and Maurice Gardner’s shoe repair shop once stood, both on the east side of the circle near where First Presbyterian Church’s columbarium now stands.

On the opposite side of the circle was the office of Dr. Leon J. Morris, which most recently housed C.J. Kerns’ real estate office. Also in the village was a dress and hat shop owned by Edith Carter Stubbs, according to information provided with the tour.

Lemon also pointed out the home of his grandparents, the Rev. John C. Lemon and his wife, Harriett Cecelia Shorter Lemon, located at the corner of Main Street and John C. Lemon Lane. The couple had 10 children and is buried at Zion Poplars Baptist Chur...

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