Near Buckingham in Buckingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—Buckingham County —
At first, both students and teachers walked to school. The teachers were usually women of the community who had some education beyond the standard elementary level allowed African Americans. But as time passed, students rode to Union Grove on segregated buses, and as more African Americans graduated college, teacher standards were raised to include these more highly educated men and women.
Yearly enrollment varied between 20 to 35 students in grades one through seven. Students were taught the basic subjects of reading, writing, arithmetic, history and geography. Older students often helped the younger students while the teacher was busy with another grade level. There was no electricity, just windows or a kerosene lamp for light and one or two woodstoves for warmth for which the bigger boys had to cut the wood. There was an outhouse but no well, and children had to carry buckets of water from a nearby farm.
(Right) At first, students and teachers walked to school but eventually rode on buses similar to this one.
(Bottom Right) One-room log schoolhouse in Buckingham County, c. 1910s. Lumber on grounds for constructing a new building.
(Below) Interior of a one-room log schoolhouse in Brunswick County, c. 1910s. The walls and ceiling of this schoolroom were used as chalkboards and the students sat on benches. Schools had no electricity and were heated by one or two woodstoves.
(Far Right) A one-room schoolhouse in Virginia.
Bus photo courtesy of Virginia State University Archives. All other photos courtesy of The Jackson Davis Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker
Location. 37° 32.73′ N, 78° 31.501′ W. Marker is near Buckingham, Virginia, in Buckingham County. Marker can be reached from Lee Wayside Road near Anderson Highway (U.S. 60). Touch for map. This marker is located in front of the schoolhouse in the The Historic Village at Lee Wayside. Marker is in this post office area: Buckingham VA 23921, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. After Appomattox (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buckingham Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Confederate Soldiers of Buckingham County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Courthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buckingham County War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Courthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Courthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Buckingham Courthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckingham.
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Historic Village at Lee Wayside. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,799 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.