Cumberland in Cumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cumberland Court House, Virginia
—Cumberland County —
Throughout his career Davis specialized in Southern education, interracial problems, and education in Belgian Congo and Liberia. From 1915 to 1946 his work at the General Education Board in New York, NY, was focused on improving education in the Southern states. During this time he took nearly 6,000 photographs of African-American schools, teachers and students throughout the Southeastern United States. His photographs – most intended to demonstrate the wretched conditions of African-American schools and to show how they could be improved – provide a unique view of Southern education during the first half of the twentieth century.
Davis died in Cartersville, VA, on April 15, 1947. At the time of his death he was president of the board of trustees of Booker T. Washington Institute in Liberia, president of the New York Colonization Society, and a member of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation and of the Advisory Committee on Education in Liberia. Davis’ influence on
(Right) Jackson Davis photograph of an exhibit in Cumberland Court House.
(Below and Far Right) Portraits of black teachers taken by Jackson Davis at the Cumberland Courthouse between the years 1913-1945.
(Bottom) Cumberland County native, Jackson Davis, b.1882-d.1947.
Photos courtesy of The Jackson Davis Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 29.806′ N, 78° 14.695′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Virginia, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Foster Road and Anderson Highway (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling north on Foster Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland VA 23040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least First Call For Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Buckingham County / Cumberland County (approx. 5.8 miles away); Cumberland County / Powhatan County (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Cumberland County / Powhatan County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Robert Bolling (approx. 8.7 miles away); Derwent (approx. 9.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cumberland.
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. University of Virginia Library. Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
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