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Hometown Stories

Jul 5, 2023

Roanoke City's Black history is rich and unique. For one Roanoke man, it's also personal. That's why he's taking a unique approach to preserve it.

In this episode of Hometown Stories, we meet Jordan Bell, who gives us a tour of the Gainesboro neighborhood as it was and how he hopes it can be.


Jun 28, 2023

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, the Wilkinson sisters could hear their father talking in the basement - strangers coming and going under the cover of darkness. It was as President of Roanokeā€™s NAACP that the Reverend R.R. Wilkinson worked on a secret, biracial committee of businessmen and clergy,...


Jun 21, 2023

It's Pride Month! And Roanoke's queer community has a lot to be proud of. Historians, elders and the new generation are coming together to tell stories of back street bars, campfire chats and welcoming front porches - where Roanoke's LGBTQ women have found refuge for decades. In this episode of Hometown Stories: a look...


Jun 7, 2023

Joseph McGill Jr. has spent the last 13 years attempting to sleep in every extant slave building still standing. The South Carolinian's travels have even brought him to southwest Virginia. This week he released a book which he wrote with writer Herb Frazier. In this episode of Hometown Stories, we hear from McGill and...


Mar 29, 2023

In 2020, Frederick Miller was looking to buy a place in Gretna, Virginia to host family gatherings. He settled on Sharswood, a stately home with gothic architecture and a hidden past. He discovered a beautiful property and a family mystery. In this episode of Hometown Stories, WDBJ7s Makayla Shelton explains how the...