Harrison, Roanoke, Virginia

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Harrison is a Roanoke, Virginia neighborhood located in central Roanoke, that initially developed in the 1920s as an early Roanoke suburb. It borders the neighborhoods of Melrose-Rugby and Washington Park on the north, Gilmer on the south, Gainsboro on the east and Loudon-Melrose on the west.[1] Its northern boundary is concurrent with U.S. Route 460 (Melrose/Orange Avenue), and as of the 2000 Census Harrison has a population of 1,019 residents with 393 households.[2]


With many of the existing structures dating from between 1900 and 1920, Harrison is noted as being one of Roanoke's longest established African-American neighborhoods.[3] Some of its more notable institutions include the Harrison School and the Burrell Hospital, which were both the first facilities constructed in Roanoke specifically to serve the African-American residents of the city.[3] Today Harrison is noted for its numerous American Foursquare designed homes and for the Harrison Museum of African-American Culture located in the former Harrison School.[3]


  1. ^ "Explore Roanoke Neighborhood Map: Harrison". City of Roanoke Department of Neighborhoods. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Harrison & Washington Park Neighborhood Plan: Introduction" (PDF). City of Roanoke Planning Division. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "Harrison & Washington Park Neighborhood Plan". City of Roanoke Planning Division. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 

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