Our photo archives from the 1960s hold hundreds of images that capture the turbulence, change and growth that marked the decade in the Lynchburg area. Downtown protests to integrate segregated lunch counters. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to the Hill City in 1962, the same year all-white E.C. Glass High School was integrated by the arrival of two black students, Lynda Woodruff and Owen Cardwell. Growth away from downtown accelerated with the opening of Pittman Plaza and Boonsboro shopping centers, and Central Virginia Community College staked out a place along U.S. 29. Other noteworthy construction projects from the 1960s included the creation of the Smith Mountain Lake project, a new terminal at the Lynchburg airport, a new Brookville High School and the opening of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
From the archives: The 1960s in the Lynchburg area