By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
Gone are the barber shop, the shoe shop, the general store and the train depot of Waynesboro’s oldest black neighborhood built around Port Republic Road after the Civil War.
Nighttime dances ceased long ago, restaurants faded away.
And the block’s all-black school where graduates often returned to teach is now a recreation building and city workshop.
Many who have lived their whole lives on Port Republic say that today there are as many crime and blight problems as historic structures there. But preservationists’ continued interest in the area’s historic vibrancy and architecture spurred the National Historic Register in December to approve a new marker to be placed in the neighborhood.
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