African Americans of Jefferson County (Images of America)

Jefferson County can proudly declare loads of firsts by way of African american citizens in nationwide background. The raid to loose slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil battle was once led by means of abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. the 1st guy wounded within the uprising was once Heyward Shepherd, a loose African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County local Martin Robison Delany because the first African American box officer of the Civil battle. In 1906, the Niagara circulation, forerunner to the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP), held its first assembly on American soil at the Storer university campus. the 1st girl to turn into the trainer of a menÂ’s university basketball workforce used to be additionally an African American from Jefferson County. also, the coloured Horse exhibit held in Charles city was once the 1st of its sort for African american citizens.

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The Jefferson County Black PTA approached the county tuition board and requested for a highschool. The board defined that due to the melancholy, they have been not able to construct a highschool at the moment. The PTA requested the varsity board back and pleaded for a highschool as a result of excessive enrollment at Eagle road ordinary; a couple of scholars have been wanting to begin highschool. The board informed the PTA that in the event that they might have the opportunity to begin a highschool, they can achieve this. The PTA then began to make plans. It used to be determined to take advantage of the Eagle road construction for either the easy and excessive faculties since it was once the most important black university within the county. Donald Wingo, who was once the central at Eagle road easy on the time (1938), resigned in the beginning of the varsity 12 months to take a role in Virginia. O. M. Stewart used to be then employed as primary. The board made up our minds that the PTA needed to locate the required gear and locate lecturers prepared to tackle additional tasks for the highschool as the board used to be no longer prepared to take action. as soon as all plans have been finalized, the board named the varsity Page-Jackson highschool in honor of 2 early notable black educators in Charles city, West Virginia: Littleton Lorton web page and Philip Jackson. In 1941, the PTA requested the board to construct an addition to Eagle road for the becoming variety of scholars. The board agreed, and an annex used to be further to deal with the elevated enrollment. In 1951, a separate highschool used to be equipped on Mordington road in Charles city for black scholars. In 1965, Page-Jackson was once closed. it's believed to be one of many final black excessive colleges to shut within the nation. The development remains to be getting used and is occupied via the Jefferson County Board of schooling. the 1st graduating category at Page-Jackson excessive was once 1942. the following they stand proudly with their adviser, Goldye Johnson. In alphabetical order, the scholars are Raymond Brooks, Bertha E. Fox, Nannie B. Fox, Theodosia Lewis, Emma McCann, Dorothy Moats, Beatrice Russ, Katherine Shelton, Christine Spriggs, and Lester Taylor. In 1951, PJHS received a development to name its personal whilst it opened on Mordington road with Prof. E. M. Dandridge, primary. during this 1942 photo should be obvious the Page-Jackson highschool “cadets. ” Commandant E. O. Morgan led the gang. In 1941, Page-Jackson used to be the 1st highschool in Jefferson County with a quasi-military unit. In 1942, the U.S. used to be desirous about international warfare II and will be for 3 extra years, and is the reason the curiosity in army teams for the kids. The 1943 Page-Jackson highschool type consisted of in simple terms 4 contributors, of which merely 3 are pictured. From left to correct are Frances Twman, Madeline Lawson, and Doris Beals. Classmate Mary Posey isn't really pictured. This was once a small category as the kingdom used to be in the midst of international warfare II, and plenty of younger males had enlisted or been drafted to serve within the army. listed here are 4 of the contributors of the 1945 graduating classification of Page-Jackson in addition to the relevant and a instructor. the total record of graduates in alphabetical order is Brucilla Fox, Pearl Fox, DeWitt Jacobs, Sarah McCann, Grafton Napper, and Houston Snowden.

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