Robert Kelser

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Robert Kelser (1847-1914, aged 57) [1] was president of an all-black development company, the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company, formed in 1889. Their goal was to assist Charlottesville area blacks in obtaining land ownership.

Formed in 1889, the Piedmont Industrial and Land Improvement Company was an all-black development company whose purpose was to buy and sell real estate as well as “to extend aide and assistance, financial or otherwise to persons of limited means in the purchasing of homes.” (Source: The Foster Site - National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000259.pdf)

Possibly married to Mary Kelser (1857-1944, aged 87) [2]

Robert Kelser's name, as transcribed, is commonly misspelled or miswritten as Robert Keller and Robert Kelsor.


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