Thursday Vote To Consider Historical Marker For Gwynn’s Island

September 20, 2023 by News Staff

Tomorrow, Thursday, marks an important meeting for the Virginia Board of Historic Resources as it considers a pair of items related to Gwynn’s Island; a proposed historical marker describing the “Black Exodus from Gwynn’s Island,” as well as the creation of a Gwynn’s Island Historic District. The meeting will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Conference Room 207, 150 Slayton Avenue, Danville. It is open to the public.


The Gazette Journal reports the applicant for the historical marker is the Mathews County NAACP, and the proposed location is not yet determined, according to Allison Thomas, who has participated in the plans for the marker. A letter from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to Mathews County Administrator Ramona Wilson identified a specific location, but Thomas said it is no longer available.