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Stafford Training School

 
 
Stafford Training School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 18, 2014
1. Stafford Training School Marker
Inscription. Stafford Training School, later known as H. H. Poole School, was constructed in 1939 by the Public Works Administration after African American parents raised money to buy the land. During the segregation era, this was the only school in Stafford County offering black students an education beyond seventh grade. After an earlier attempt failed, two young students from this school, Doretha and Cynthia Montague, successfully entered the all-white Stafford Elementary School on 5 Sept. 1961, seven years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision ruled school segregation unconstitutional. Thereafter school systems in the Fredericksburg region desegregated.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-231.)
 
Location. 38° 24.248′ N, 77° 25.183′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Indian Path to Highway (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney
Stafford Training School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 18, 2014
2. Stafford Training School and Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Battery (approx. one mile away); 11th Corps Road (approx. one mile away); Union Army Double-Track Corduroy Road (approx. one mile away); German-Americans and the Eleventh Corps (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Union Battery (approx. one mile away); The Daniel Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stafford.
 
Regarding Stafford Training School. Inside the Rowser Building are several historical pictures of the Stafford Training School. Additionally, there is a plaque that was dedicated at the time the Stafford Training School was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. The plaque reads as follows:
The Stafford Training School was built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration after African-American parents raised the money to buy the land for a school. Also known as H. H. Poole, it was the only school in Stafford County were African-American students could receive instruction to beyond the seventh grade during segregation. The efforts of students who attended the
Another Stafford Training School Marker inside image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
3. Another Stafford Training School Marker inside
school and their families led to the eventual desegregation of Stafford County schools in 1961, seven years after the Supreme Court issued it unanimous yet unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional. Other school systems in the Fredericksburg region desegregated soon after. The school is now known as the Rowser Building and houses Stafford County and community offices.

The Stafford Training School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Dedicated June 18, 2013

Stafford County Board of Supervisors
Susan B Stimpson Chairman
Robert "Bob" Thomas, Jr. Vice Chairman
Jack R. Cavalier
Gary F. Snellings
Cord A. Sterling
Paul V. Milde, III
Ty A. Scheiber
Anthony J. Romanello, County Administrator

In appreciation of the Stafford County Branch NAACP, Frank White and Norman Schools, whose efforts secured the National Register and Virginia Landmark designations.

In honor of the students who's brave efforts led to the desegregation of Stafford County schools
Dorothia Montague • Cynthia Montague • Gordon Sherman White • Edward "Gary" Mercer • Lois Marie Vines • Stevenson "Steve" Tyler • Rudolph Beverly
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
4. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
This is a list of Brown v. Board of Education markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stafford Training School, Stafford Co. Brief history of the building. (Submitted on October 18, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Registration form for the Stafford Training School. (Submitted on October 18, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
5. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
6. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
7. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
8. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
Contemporary Photograph from the same angle. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 18, 2014
9. Contemporary Photograph from the same angle.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
10. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
Mounted on a wall inside the Rowser Building are historical photographs and information about the building's history.
Contemporary Photograph from the same angle. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 18, 2014
11. Contemporary Photograph from the same angle.
Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 30, 2014
12. Historical Photograph of the Stafford Training School
A newspaper clipping of the article discussing the renovation of the building into county offices.
 
 
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