Whit N. Brown (d. 1946), Hospital Benefactor

In 1946, Whit N. Brown, a wealthy Lynchburg African American known as “The King of Fifth Street,” provided in his will that his entire estate of $48,747 would go, after the death of his widow, to Lynchburg General Hospital.

According to his lifelong friend, pharmacist Harry W. Reid, Brown took this step because he “was very honest in his thoughts. The Negroes have been working since 1925 to get a hospital of their own, but Whit didn’t agree. ‘Lynchburg Hospital belongs to the whole city,’ he told them, ‘us as much as anybody, and we want to improve and pay for what we get over there.’”

Donated by Maggie Hill

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