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Thomastown in Bath County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Hurst School

 
 
Union Hurst School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2013
1. Union Hurst School Marker
Inscription.  Union Hurst, a school for African Americans, was built near here on Pine Hurst Heights Road between 1924 and 1925. The school was built with the assistance of the Julius Rosenwald Fund, a program that helped build some 5,000 schools for African Americans in 15 states. Bath County and the African American community also contributed money for its construction. Teachers at the school included Booker T. Poteat and Nellie L. Perry. A high school room was added In 1932. In 1945, the high school portion was closed and students were bused to Covington in Alleghany County. The school closed in 1965.
 
Erected 2013 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-37.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
Location. 38° 0.57′ N, 79° 50.555′ W. Marker is in Thomastown, Virginia, in Bath County. Marker is
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on Main Street (County Route 615) just east of Pinehurst Heights Road (County Road 616), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hot Springs VA 24445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Letitia Pate Whitehead Evans (approx. 1.1 miles away); Virginia Hot Springs Company World War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Garth Newel (approx. 2˝ miles away); Bacova (approx. 3.1 miles away); West Warm Springs (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named West Warm Springs (approx. 3.8 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); The County Seat of Bath (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Union Hurst School. This school was also known as Switchback School. Switchback was the name of this community, now called Thomasville.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Union Hurst - Rosenwald School
From the Union Hurst - Rosenwald School Restoration Facebook page: Union Hurst School was originally known as the Switchback School, named for the community where it was built just outside of Hot Springs in Bath County, Virginia. Construction began on the school in 1924 with its opening in 1925. It was one of two Rosenwald sponsored schools constructed in Bath County
Union Hurst School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2013
2. Union Hurst School Marker
and one of only 70 that survive of the 364 that were originally built across the state of Virginia. Its design follows the pattern of many of the two-teacher Rosenwald school models with modifications made to accommodate its siting on such a steep hillside.
    — Submitted March 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.
 
The Union Hurst School image. Click for full size.
3. The Union Hurst School
From the Fisk University Rosenwald Fund
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on March 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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