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The caption on this photograph says “Duval Shoe Hospital, 216 E. Union St., Gainesville, Fla.” The naming system of Gainesville's streets changed July 1, 1950, and at that time Union Street became South 1st Avenue. Duval's was located on the south side of the Phifer State Bank building. That building ran east and west, parallel to present-day Southeast 1st Street. The entire block was demolished in the 1970s when a new Alachua County Courthouse was built. The man in the picture is unidentified, but quite likely he is Charles W. Duval. An obituary in the "Gainesville Daily Sun" on February 28, 1933, says, “Charles W. Duval, colored, died at his home on North Garden Street at noon yesterday following a heart attack. Born in this city in July 1876, Duval had resided here continuously and was considered one of the leaders of his race in this vicinity. He operated a shoe repair shop on West Union Street. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock from Friendship Baptist Church. Hughes & Chestnut are in charge of arrangements.”
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