Downstairs, museum exhibits trace Danville’s civil rights history and honor African American opera star Camilla Williams. The pole where a rebel flag once flew now stands empty. On the lawn on Saturdays, a Confederate heritage group vies for space with a yoga class.

Long billed as the Last Capital of the Confederacy, this industrial city near the North Carolina line was struggling to create a new identity even before the Black Lives Matter movement rose up over the summer. As cities across the South confronted their past, leaders in Danville weren’t sure what to expect.

What they got was far different from the sometimes violent clashes between protesters and police that gripped that more famous Confederate capital in Richmond, 150 miles to the northeast. Here, marchers demonstrated peacefully and the police supported them. A group that had planted a giant Confederate flag at the foot of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Press release from the Town of Danville:

Sept. 2, 2020

As Danville’s business community continues to be hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to support these small businesses that have become part of the fabric of the community. To help residents stay connected with their local businesses, the Town of Danville has launched a cloud-based digital directory.

The new Danville Business Directory https://open.bludot.io/cities/danville/businesses is the digital version of the Live Locally Guide. This user-friendly online business directory allows “Brick and Mortar” businesses to showcase their offerings to residents and visitors by featuring their menu of services, hours, promotional offerings and link customers to their social media platforms. It is easy to search by business types, view a map of business locations, browse current offers and promotions, and even check available delivery/pick-up options available.

This online resource is a helpful tool for either those searching

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