Appomattox 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
Erected by Civil Rights In Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 37° 22.519′ N, 78° 48.352′ W. Marker is in Appomattox, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Old Courthouse Road. Marker is located at the North Carolina Memorial wayside in Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,597 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.