Warren Street Society, Inc.

Historical Significance

The Warren Street Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Warren Street in Rocky Mount. The Society began with the vision of the late Eleanor G. Woods and continues through the efforts of her friend Darlene Swain, owner of Glamour House Beauty Salon on Warren Street.

The Warren Street Society has conducted the Warren Street Festival, a celebration of the street’s African-American history. The fifth festival featured a make-shift museum in Darlene Swain’s salon. The museum highlighted pioneers who once made Warren Street a gateway to the business, social, and cultural life of African-Americans in the county.

The Festival has included gospel singers, young rappers, bands, food vendors, art, and the Warren Street Dancers. Each year the Society invites a prominent keynote speaker to enhance the knowledge and experience of those gathered together. The Festival also honors various extraordinary people who left a special imprint on their community. 

Physical Description

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Geographical and Contact Information

P.O. Box 29
Rocky Mount, Virginia
24151
Phone: 540-483-8254/ 540-483-2459/540-483-3344

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Warren Street Society, Inc. ,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed November 24, 2017, http://www.aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/475.

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