|Pictured: Laura Hill, Ron Chase, and Alan Hill|
Alan Hill, and his lovely wife, Laura, dropped by for a visit and got an update on family members that helped develop the Gum Springs, VA, community. Currently residing in Omaha, NE, Alan is the son of the late Walter Hill, Jr, and the great, great, great grandson of Lovelace Brown.
Loveless Brown, along with Samuel K. Taylor, Robert King, Nathan Webb, Hamilton Gray, all men of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, created the Joint Stock Company in 1890. These men formed an idea of expansion, with the desire to build a community, pooling their monies to corner the land market in Gum Springs, VA, and reselling their holdings to other African Americans needing and wanting a place of security. (The Joint Stock Company sold their holdings without monetary gain.)