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Hometown Stories

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 Roanoke’s NAACP that the Reverend R.R. Wilkinson worked on a secret, biracial committee of businessmen and clergy, strategizing integration of Roanoke’s schools, lunch counters and water fountains. Decades later, the Wilkinson family is working hard to see their father’s legacy remembered.