The Dr. Lucius Charles Alston House is associated with the history of the development of the African American community in Mesa, Arizona and the community’s future after World War I. The home, located north of the town center in the black neighborhood known as Washington Park was used as Dr. Alston’s office while practicing medicine in Mesa. Lucius Charles Alston was born September 2, 1892, in Louisburg, North Carolina. In 1918, he graduated from the University of West Tennessee with a medical degree. At this time, it was very difficult for an African American to go to medical school. In World War I, Lucius Alston served as a Private First Class in the Army’s 802nd Pioneer Infantry, and was deployed overseas. Dr. Alston married Velma Young, a nurse. They moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1929. The black community living there was segregated from the larger white community, and so the African American residents had their own churches, shops and stores. After years of serving the community, Dr. Alston passed away in Los Angeles, California, on September 16, 1958, and his wife went to live with their son. The Dr. Lucius Charles Alston House is a 1920s Late Craftsman Style Bungalow, characterized by its high-pitched gables that are parallel to the front and sides of the house, and its large, deep, front porch supported on stucco and concrete columns with an arch that extends the entire width of the porch, A second story addition was added during the 1940s.
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