Powell W. Gibson, who lived at 119 East Lane from 1916 until his death in 1959, was one of Winchester's leading educators and the author of plays and poems. Before moving to Winchester, he was a teacher and school supervisor in Manassas, Virginia, and Chestertown, Maryland. He is best remembered as the principal of Douglas School, educating generations of children for more than a quarter of a century. His son, Willard, opened a print shop behind this old brick residence, where in the late 1930's and 1940's he published "The Virginia Informer", Winchester's only black newspaper. The Handley Library (Winchester, Virginia) contains biographical data and writings of Mr. Gibson between 1915 and 1940 (Acc 618 THL).
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119 East Lane Winchester, Virginia 22601
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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Powell W. Gibson Home/Gibson's Print Shop and the Office of "The Virginia Informer",” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed November 19, 2018, http://www.aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/348.