Burkeville in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Ingleside Training Institute
—Nottoway County —
Because there were no secondary educational opportunities for women in Amelia County until 1933, many young women boarded at Ingleside. In 1940 it offered “an accredited high school course and two years of college training for Negroes.” The school eventually received funding from the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church and was renamed the Ingleside-Fee Memorial Institute. Today, Ingleside is the site of the Burkeville Elementary School. Only one classroom and the pump house remain of the original buildings.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 20.)
Marker series. This marker is included Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 10.983′ N, 78° 11.613′ W. Marker is in Burkeville, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is at the intersection of Miller Street and 5th Street SE (Virginia Route 9694), on the right when traveling south on Miller Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkeville VA 23922, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burkeville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wilson-Kautz Raid (approx. 0.7 miles away); Burkeville Junction (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Burkeville Junction (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Nottoway Meeting House (approx. 2 miles away); Ella Graham Agnew (approx. 2.1 miles away); T. O. Sandy (approx. 2.1 miles away); Prince Edward County / Nottoway County (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burkeville.
More about this marker. On the left are two photos with the captions:
"(Above) Ingleside Seminary as it stood c.1916."
"(Left) A view of Agnew Street in Burkeville c.1909. Ingleside Seminary was located less than one mile from this location."
On the right is a photo of "(Above Right) Students from a training school for African-American
Schoolgirls photos courtesy Florida State Archives. All other photos courtesy of the Town of Burkeville.
Also see . . . Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
1. Ingleside Training Institute
I'm pretty sure my great grandfather, Graham Cox Campbell, ran this school back in the late 1890's through 1915, when he was killed in an accident caused by a natural gas leak under one of the buildings at the school. My grandfather, Graham Fulton Campbell, his mom and brother then ran the school to complete the school year. Granddad went on to run a similar school in West Point Mississippi, where my mother was raised.
This is about all I know about the school, but if you have any additional information, I would appreciate it.
Jim Campbell Lancaster
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2. Ingleside Seminary
A few years back I did some queries on Rootsweb because my mother told me that my grandmother attended Ingleside Seminary but that was all she knew about the matter. Someone who is apparently a relative of Jim Campbell Lancaster contacted me and had this to say.
“I found your Jan. 2004 posting on rootsweb concerning your grandmother. I don’t know if I have anything to help, or not. My GG grandparents were in charge of the Ingleside Seminary in Burkeville from approx. 1892- 1915. My grandfather (Graham Cox Campbell) and 2 students died in a gas explosion and the school subsequently burned to the ground. I have several pictures of Negro students in classrooms, on the seminary grounds and group photos in the front of the school building. Unfortunately none of them are annotated. I only recognize my grandparents. Please let me know if you are interested.... — Laura"
Needless to say. I accepted her offer and since she was nice enough to share these photos with me I am glad to share them with hmdb.
— Submitted October 17, 2010, by Stacy Johnston of Montreal, Quebec.
3. A Wonderful School
My grandmother and my mother attended Ingleside-Fee Memorial Institute, because my great grandfather put aside money in his will for the oldest child of each of his children's children, to attend the Institute. My mother was not the oldest, but wanted so badly to attend that she took a bushel basket pears to the school for her tuition. The school saw that she had motivation and they found money for her to attend. Every month she had to go the office and sign the back of a check and she never, ever saw the front. Therefore, she never knew the benefactor. She graduated in 1939. Her family name is Shepperson, but she is a Lomax, Margaret Lomax. My great grandfather was Rev. William H Shepperson and he was a Presbyterian Minister and very well known in the community. My mother boarded at Ingleside and loved the school.
— Submitted February 2, 2011, by Sheila Bullock of Chicago, Illinois.
Graham Cox Campbell was my great great uncle, also. Two of his nieces (and my great aunts) including, Jess Campbell, taught at the school. She wrote that she learned much more from the students than they ever could have learned from her. Unfortunately, I don't have any of her other papers or notes from that time. I visited Nottoway last summer, but aside from
— Submitted February 7, 2012, by Cathryn Campbell of Seattle, Washington.
5. Graham Cox Campbell, family relationship
I too am a Great Niece of Graham Cox Campbell. My Great Grandfather was Henry Campbell and my Grandmother, Helen Mar Campbell (Hall) and her sister Jess Campbell(Rae)(nieces of Graham Cox Campbell) both worked at the Ingleside Training Institute probably around 1905 or 1906 (between their own training and their marriages). I will try to send a photo that I have of Graham and his wife and a class of women, though it has faded some over time, and I'm not sure if it will print well.
— Submitted May 14, 2012, by Kathryn M. Orzel of Portland, Oregon.
6. My Great Grandmother
Thank you so much for this wonderful website! My Great Grandmother is in the photo of the graduating class of 1912. Her name was Maggie Mariah Johnson. She is third from the left.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,530 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Stacy Johnston of Montreal, Quebec. 11. submitted on , by Kathryn M. Orzel of Portland, Oregon. 12. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.