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Paradise Inn sign to be displayed at FAHI

The Paradise Inn sign came down Tuesday, but it is not gone forever.

In fact, the building that once was an entertainment and nightlife center in Martinsville’s African-American community eventually may be restored for future generations.

“The old Paradise Inn has a rich and strong history” in that community, said Gerald Holman, interim director of the Fayette Area Historical Initiative.

Holman said city workers removed the sign from the Fayette Street building Tuesday.

The sign will be displayed at FAHI’s museum for at least a year, said Wayne Knox, city planning, zoning and housing manager. It may be restored or displayed in its current condition.

At the same time, city officials are studying the area surrounding the Paradise Inn to see if any of the property can be restored.

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