The City of Hendersonville will unveil a historical marker on Wednesday, June 15 to recognize the Landina Guest House, which welcomed African American travelers during segregation. The public is invited to the unveiling, which begins at 4 p.m. at 710 First Ave. W. in Hendersonville.
The Landina House served as a location where African Americans could rent a room with a private bath and meals during segregation. The house was listed in the 1960-61 Negro Motorist Green Book. The guest house, located behind the main residence, was operated by Hollis and Ozzie Landrum, according to a news release from the city.
The house also served as a community gathering spot for Black residents in the area. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Historic Preservation Commission originally recommended the placement of a marker to recognize the historical significance of the Landina Guest House to the community.
In February, Hendersonville City Council gave unanimous approval for the placement of a historical marker at Landina Guest House in honor of Black History Month.
“The Diversity and Inclusion Committee are aware that there are a limited number of historical markers recognizing important African-American historical sites in Hendersonville,” City Manager John Connet wrote in a letter to council on Jan. 30. “Therefore, they believe installation of this historical marker is a positive step in recognizing the contributions of African-Americans in our community.”
The budget impact for the marker was listed as $4,703, with the money available in the Historic Preservation Commission’s special fund.
This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Landina Guest House to receive historical marker in Hendersonville