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Ettrick in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Virginia State University

 
 
Virginia State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2009
1. Virginia State University Marker
Inscription.  The Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute was chartered on 6 Mar. 1882. The Readjuster Party was instrumental in supporting a state institution of higher education in Virginia for African Americans with some unusual features to the institute's charter. It called for six of the seven members of the board of visitors be black, an all-black faculty, as well as the authority to grant college degrees. This is in contrast to many African American agricultural and industrial schools established at that time. Classes began in October 1883 with 62 students, six faculty members, and one building. In 1920 land grant status was acquired and the current name was conferred in 1979.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-324.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list.
 
Location. 37° 14.588′ N, 77° 
E River Rd & Matthews Jefferson Dr image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2009
2. E River Rd & Matthews Jefferson Dr
25.313′ W. Marker is in Ettrick, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of East River Road and Matthews Jefferson Drive, on the right when traveling east on East River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia State University VA 23806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Virginia State University (within shouting distance of this marker); Amaza Lee Meredith (1895-1984) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ettrick Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Restoration of Vawter Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Restoration of Storum Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonial Heights War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ettrick (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mr. Frederick Francoz Simms (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ettrick.
 
Also see . . .  Virginia State University. (Submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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