Sutherland in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rocky Branch School
—Dinwiddie County —
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
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); 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 Century • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 980 times since then and 2 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.