- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Danville church where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke more than a half-century ago is being recognized with a state historical marker.

The High Street Baptist Church marker is one of eight new markers announced by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The marker for the Danville sanctuary recalls the church’s origins 150 years ago when it was founded by emancipated African Americans. King spoke at High Street in 1963.

The other markers will rise in Dinwiddie County, recognizing the origins of the 4-H in Virginia; in Tazewell County, recognizing a July 1786 attack by Shawnee Indians to discourage white settlement; and in Harrisonburg, recognizing a native son and his role in establishing the first fraternity at a historically black college.

The remaining markers also involve African-American history.

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