I am a native of Union Springs. I graduated from Carver High School in1954. After completing my graduate studies in Washington, D.C., and spending two years in the U.S. Army, I accepted a job offer in Petersburg, Virginia. For more than thirty years,I served as professor and chairperson of the department of physics at Virginia State University.

In addition to my professional duties at the university, I became involved in historic preservation and restoration activities in the city. I served as a member or chairperson on historic preservation boards at both the local and state level. Consistent with my interest in preservation, I restored an 1845 Greek Revival Cottage for my home.

I am sure that my interest in historic preservation began during my early years in Union Springs. I grew up appreciating various architectural styles which reflected various periods in time and regional preferences. Such treasures were abundant in the city and county. Consequently, I am most appreciative of the articles written by Ms. Faye Gaston on historic properties and published in the Herald. These articles have the potential for stimulating interest in historic preservation in the area which can lead to numerous benefits and resources.

The Herald and its staff deserve special thanks and recognition for featuring these articles.

James C. Davenport, Ph. D

Professor Emeritus

Virginia State University

Petersburg, Virginia 23803

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