Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
This modest one-room school opened in the early 1930s. The building lacked electricity and plumbing. Its only heat source was a cast iron stove. The school’s sparse furnishings included a slate blackboard and an assortment of homemade desks and benches. The typical day began with prayers followed by lessons in spelling, reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar and geography with a break for lunch and recess.
Over 30 children in grades 1 – 7 filled the classroom each September. By spring, daily attendance averaged 15 students. The School Board closed Stubbs School for several sessions during the late 1930s and early 1940s due to low attendance before closing it for good in 1943. In 1952 all African-American one-room schools closed and the students transferred to the newly constructed John J. Wright Consolidated School.
Caption of map): The Stubbs School was relocated to Spotsylvania Courthouse from Stubbs bridge
Caption of portrait, upper right): John J. Wright (1863 – 1931), a Spotsylvania County native, attended a one-room school and later graduated from the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. Mr. Wright devoted his life to improving educational opportunities for African-Americans. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first African-American high school in the county, the Snell Training School which opened in 1913.
Caption of lower left picture): Children playing in front of a school at Massaponax.
Erected by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the County of Spotsylvania.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 38° 11.716′ N, 77° 35.225′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Route 208), on the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8722 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Education in Spotsylvania County (here, next to this marker); The Good Hope Colored School (here, next to this marker); Forever young, Forever in our hearts (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Entrance (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pastor's Office (about 500 feet away); Zion Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); Civil War Veterans at rest in Zion's Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Batter Up: Spotsylvania Yellow Jackets (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Also see . . . African American Heritage Sites - Stubbs School. The building remains largely unchanged since its days as a school for African-American children. It consists of an entry vestibule, a small cloakroom, and single classroom where children in grades 1-7 studied together. The building had no plumbing or electricity, and a cast iron stove provided the only heat. In its original setting, the school yard contained an outhouse and a dusty play lot. (Submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,522 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.