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Near Gloucester Point in Gloucester County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Woodville School

National Registry Property

 
 
Woodville School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
1. Woodville School Marker
Inscription.  Woodville School is an important monument to Gloucester County and the African American community who strove to ensure quality education for their children in the early 20th century. Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, aided these efforts by establishing a fund in 1918 to help communities address African-American educational needs throughout the South. Rosenwald funds helped build Woodville School in 1923, replacing an earlier school on the same site. Woodville School is an irreplaceable landmark for the Gloucester community, a legacy of education for all children.
 
Erected by National Registry Property.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
 
Location. 37° 19.504′ N, 76° 30.886′ W. Marker is near Gloucester Point, Virginia, in Gloucester County. Marker is on George Washington Memorial Highway (U.S. 17) half a mile north of Ernest Lane (Virginia
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Route 667), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4310 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Hayes VA 23072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abingdon Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Warner Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rosewell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fairfield (approx. 1.4 miles away); Robert Russa Moton (approx. 1˝ miles away); United Negro College Fund (approx. 1˝ miles away); Early Timberneck Graveyard (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Algonquian Landscape (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester Point.
 
Also see . . .  Marker unveiled at Woodville School. Excerpt
The state highway marker for the Woodville Rosenwald School, located on Route 17 at Ordinary, was unveiled last Thursday. Drs. Dorothy Cooke and Wesley Wilson gave speeches on the importance of the school and of the new marker.

The Woodville School was first opened in 1923 and was one of six schools in the county that were funded by Julius Rosenwald, then CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Company. Cooke said that T.C. Walker went to Chicago to meet with Rosenwald to obtain the funding needed to open the Gloucester schools and one teacher’s cottage.
(Submitted on June 15, 2024, by Jessica Hulstine of Mathews, Virginia.) 
 
US-17 (facing south) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
2. US-17 (facing south)
Woodville School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
3. Woodville School
Woodville School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
4. Woodville School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2024. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,174 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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