1897 Resident of 813 Floyd Avenue Makes National Headlines

According to Richmond directories in 1897, the Freemans who resided at 813 Floyd Avenue were joined by Dr. Ernest C. Levy and his wife Rachel, a couple who were probably looking for a more suburban address than their prior East Grace Street home.  Dr. Levy was a City Health Officer, and was later promoted to Chief Health Officer and made national headlines in a 1911 New York Times article for his prediction that the African American race would be extinct by the 21st century.  Levy was obviously way off base with this incredulous prediction!


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