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Sutherland in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rocky Branch School

Sutherland, Virginia

 

—Dinwiddie County —

 
Rocky Branch School CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 21, 2010
1. Rocky Branch School CRIEHT Marker
Inscription. In 1911 a group of Dinwiddie County’s African-American residents established the Rocky Branch School in Sutherland. The school was a typical two-room schoolhouse. It had been moved from original location across from Ocran Methodist Church on U.S. Route 460 about two miles east of this site. Reading, writing and arithmetic were taught in grades one through seven. Each day school began with a short devotion. Students were also required to recite Bible verses and sing patriotic and gospel songs daily.

Transportation was not provided to the school’s students, resulting in many boys and girls walking four or five miles to school each day. Despite this fact, attendance was always high, and a large percentage of the school’s students continued their education through high school and college.

The school’s heating system consisted of a large potbellied stove in the room for grades one through three and a long cast iron stove for grades four through seven. The boys from the sixth and seventh grade classes had the responsibility of keeping the wood dry by stacking it under the school. Often during the winter students had to huddle around the stove to keep warm during their lessons. Sometimes the teachers would bring soup for the students so they could have a warm meal at lunch.

The school’s wooden floors were
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By Bernard Fisher, January 21, 2010
2. Rocky Branch School
oiled with used motor oil to help settle the dust from outside. Water was supplied by a deep well pump located on the right front side of the school. The outhouses were in the rear of the school, separated for males and females.

The school closed in 1963, but the building still stands as a symbol of education to all of its former students.
 
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 37° 11.379′ N, 77° 34.423′ W. Marker is in Sutherland, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Rocky Branch Road (Virginia Route 636) 0.3 miles south of New Cox Road (U.S. 460), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6009 Rocky Branch Road, Sutherland VA 23885, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Sutherland (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sutherland Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Sutherland Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fork Inn (approx. 0.7 miles away);
Rocky Branch School image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 21, 2010
3. Rocky Branch School
Engagement at Sutherland Station (approx. ¾ mile away); Appomattox Campaign (Sutherland Station) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Colonel John Banister (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battle of White Oak Road (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sutherland.
 
More about this marker. On the left are two photos of the school with the captions, “(Right) The original Rocky Branch School Building as it stands today on the grounds of Rocky Branch Church." and "(Below) Rocky Branch School as it appeared c 1930s."

On the lower right is a map of the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail.
 
Also see . . .  Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on January 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map image. Click for full size.
4. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map
Appomattox County
1. Winonah Camp/Mozella Price Home
2. Carver-Price School
3. Education in 1800's Rural Virginia

Buckingham County
4. One-Room Schoolhouse
5. Carter G. Woodson Birthplace

Cumberland County
6. Hamilton High School
7. Rosenwald School at Cartersville
8. Jackson Davis

Amelia County
9. Russell Grove Presbyterian Church and School
10. Mrs. Samantha Jane Neil

Chesterfield County
11. Virginia State University

Petersburg
12. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia
13. McKenney Library
14. The Peabody-Williams School

Dinwiddie County
15. Southside Virginia Training Center
16. Rocky Branch School
17. Early Education in Dinwiddie County

Nottoway County
18. Blackstone Female Institute
19. Mt. Nebo Church
20. Ingleside Training Institute

Lunenburg County
21. The People's Community Center
22. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School

Prince Edward County
23. Prince Edward County Public Schools
24. R. R. Moton High School
25. Farmville Female Seminary Association
26. First Baptist Church
27. Beulah AME Church
28. Hampden-Sydney College

Charlotte County
29. Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
30. Charlotte County Library
31. Salem School

Halifax County
32. Meadville Community Center
33. Mary M. Bethune High School
34. Washington-Coleman Elementary School
35. Mizpah Church

Mecklenburg County
36. Thyne Institute
37. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Brunswick County
38. Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
39. Saint Paul's College
40. Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd
41. Fort Christanna
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,005 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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