Morocco Motel

Known Name(s)

Morocco Motel


800 Spencer St. Bristol, VA

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Physical Status



According to the 1956 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, 800 Spencer Street was a one-story brick store with a frame front porch and a rear one-story cinder block addition. It stood at the corner of Spencer and Buchanan, facing the railroad tracks. This block of Spencer is now gone, replaced by Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The current address is 800 MLK Jr. Blvd. 

Detailed History

Mrs. and Mrs. Luther B. Pookrum are listed as proprietors in the 1957 issue of the Green Book. The business was listed as being located at 1200 Moore Street from 1956 - 1961.Mrs. L.B. Pookrum, Jr., of the Morocco Motel in Bristol, VA, attended the second annual convention of the Nation-Wide Hotel Association (NHA), held in Detroit in November of 1955. (Source: "1955 Hotel Men of the Year, Afro-American, November 19, 1955, page A3.)

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