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Lawrenceville in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saint Paul's College

Lawrenceville, Virginia

 

óBrunswick County ó

 
Saint Paul's College CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Saint Paul's College CRIEHT Marker
Inscription. Saint Paulís College began as a small parochial school founded by a newly ordained Episcopal deacon, the Rev. James Solomon Russell. Born into slavery, Russell attended seminary school in Petersburg. Within a year of graduation he had managed to raise enough funds to buy land in Brunswick County and erect a simple building on it to start his school. This two-room building still stands today and is referred to as the Saul Building, after the Rev. James Saul of Philadelphia, an important donor to the school. In 1893 the school had grown into the Saint Paulís Normal and Industrial School. In the ensuing years, Russell traveled worldwide speaking and raising funds for the college until his retirement in 1928. The schoolís name changed again to Saint Paulís Polytechnic Institute in 1941, when it was granted the authority to offer a four-year degree program. At this time, Russellís son, Dr. J. Alvin Russell, succeeded him as president of the college. Following in his fatherís footsteps, the younger Russell continued to expand the college. In 1957 it became known as Saint Paulís College, a fully integrated, four-year liberal arts institution, offering such courses as pre-law and pre-medicine. From 1971 to 1981, Dr. J. Alvin Rusell Jr. became the third generation of Russells to serve as president of the college.
 
Erected by
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May 18, 2010
2. Left panel
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trailģ. (Marker Number 39.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 45.689′ N, 77° 51.017′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceville, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on College Drive 0.1 miles north of Windsor Avenue (Virginia Route 46), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceville VA 23868, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Saint Paul's College (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brunswick County Confederate Monument (approx. ľ mile away); Col. John Jones (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brunswick County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Christanna (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 2 miles away); The Colonial Dames of America Monument (approx. 3.5 miles away); Site of Fort Christanna (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceville.
 
More about this marker. On the left panel are three photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) Graduating class of 1921."
"(Center Left) Woodshop class circa
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May 18, 2010
3. Center panel
1920."
"(Bottom Left) Group shop circa 1929."

In the center are a map of the CRIEHT locations and a photo of "(Center Panel) The Saul Building, 1972."

On the right is a photo of "(Above) The Rev. James Solomon Russell circa 1925."

Photos courtesy of Saint Paulís College Archives.
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Saint Paul's College. (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Saint Paul's College (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansChurches, Etc.Education
 
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May 18, 2010
4. Right panel
Saint Paul's College CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
5. Saint Paul's College CRIEHT Marker
Saint Paul's College image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
6. Saint Paul's College
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trailģ Map image. Click for full size.
7. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trailģ Map
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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 848 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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