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Fredericksburg in the 50s

By Sue Willis, CRRL Staff

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Coping with Jim Crow: Black Education in Fredericksburg by Constance Greer O'Brion.
Education and segregation in Fredericksburg from the 40's to the 70's.

A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, Virginia by Ruth Coder Fitzgerald.
Ms. Fitzgerald traces the area's black history from the colonial days to the 1970s. Includes photos of community leaders, past and present. Of particular interest are the following chapters: Moving into the Mainstream by the Reverend Lawrence Davies and "Let Him Speak" by Dr. Philip Y. Wyatt.

Four Mayors of Fredericksburg: An Oral History by Archer Williams.
Mayors Cowan, Rowe, Cann and Davis recall the events of their administrations in 2oth century Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Times (1974-2002).
This magazine often featured articles by local historians. A separate index is available.

The Free Lance-Star.
This is the newspaper that covers events in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas. It is available on microfilm.

A Life in the 'Burg: Things that Happened after George Washington Left Town by John Goolrick.
The title explains all. It does cover the 50's decade. John Goolrick, who died recently, was a political reporter for the Free Lance-Star for many years.

Oral Histories from Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
Dozens of people who lived through the 1950s tell the story of their lives in Fredericksburg. There are indices for most of these histories.

The Virginia Heritage Times 2002-.
This is the continuation of The Fredericksburg Times magazine and also features articles by local historians.
On the Web

Evolution of the Ice Cream Stand
This article from National Park Service celebrates the architectural delights of our beloved Carl's frozen custard stand.

Fredericksburg’s Wall of Honor
Brief sketches of those mentioned on Fredericksburg's Wall of Honor. Among those citizens who lived in the 1950s are Alvin Thomas Embrey, Sr., Anne Hamrick, Levin James Houston, Jr., Jerry G. Miller, Dr. Frank C. Pratt, Clarence R. Todd, Morgan Lafayette Combs, Charles McDonald Cowan, Benjamin Thomas Pitts, Dr. Philip Y. Wyatt, Edward Herman Cann, Dr. Richard C. Ellison, Sr., Dr. Martin M. Blatt, Gladys Wright Cocke, and Professor Susan J. Hanna.

This webliography accompanies the Lunch with History lecture, "Fredericksburg in the 50's" presented by Charles "Chuck" Trigger, who with pictures and stories, remembers what the 1950's were like.