Royal Brown Hardy

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Royal Brown Hardy

Pastor, Mount Zion First African Baptist Church
Term Start 1892
Term End 1917
Preceded by J. Francis Robinson
Succeeded by S.A. Thurston

Biographical Information

Date of death October 1917
Place of birth Botetourt County, Virginia[1]
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia[1]
Alma mater Richmond Theological Seminary[1]
Religion Baptist

Royal Brown Hardy was the fifth pastor of the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, serving from 1892 to October 1917, when he died[2]. Hardy is credited with saving the church from financial ruin and reaching financial independence when the mortgage was burned in 1905. Hardy Drive in the Westhaven public housing complex is named after him.

Hardy was a social reformer who campaigned for prohibition and the closing of bars.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Web. [ Urban renewal and the end of black culture in Charlottesville, Virginia: an oral history of Vinegar Hil], Dorothy West, James Robert Saunders, Renae Nadine Shackelford, McFarland, 1998, retrieved December 29, 2010.
  2. Web. Church History, Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved December 29, 2010.

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