Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Education in 1800's Rural Virginia
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail
—Appomattox, Virginia - Appomattox County —
Here on April 9, 1865, two brigades of United States Colored Troops advanced east along the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road, ensuring the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army and the end of the Civil War. This brought about the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865. Before that time it was illegal to teach a slave to read. The first educational opportunities for blacks in Appomattox County came about through the Freedman's Bureau, created by Congress to assist former slaves. From 1866 to 1869. Plymouth Rock, a school for freedmen, operated near the Courthouse. However, funding was erratic for African-American schools, causing educational prospects for blacks to remain scarce in the years following the Civil War. It was not until 1870-1871 that Virginia made funds available
Erected by Civil Rights In Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 22.519′ N, 78° 48.352′ W. Marker is in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Touch for map. Marker is located at the North Carolina Memorial wayside in Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raine Cemetery and Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Strategic Delay (about 800 feet away); Appomattox Court House Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Raine Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Appomattox (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sears Lane (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
More about this marker. In the upper left is An 1892 photograph from the west showing the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road as it passes in front of the McLean House. On the lower left is an illustration of the village of Appomattox Court House as it appeared in 1865. In the upper right is a photo of Appomattox Court House as it looked at the time of the surrender. Sketched by R. K. Sneden. On the lower right is a map of south-central Virginia showing other schools highlighted on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.