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Bear Mountain Indian Mission School

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
1. Bear Mountain Indian Mission School Marker
Inscription. Bear Mountain is the spiritual center of the Monacan community. The Bear Mountain Indian Mission School, ca. 1868, was originally built for church services and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Virginia’s racial segregation laws excluded Monacan children from public schools. The school provided a seventh-grade education until 1964, when high school first became available to Monacan students. In 1968, an Episcopal mission was established on this site, which included a frame extension to the schoolhouse. A fire in 1930 left only the schoolhouse intact. The building now belongs to the Monacan Indian Nation.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number R-52.)
 
Location. 37° 34.392′ N, 79° 7.602′ W. Marker is in Amherst, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on Kenmore Road (County Route 643) just east of Matohe Road and Father Judge Road (County Route 655), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amherst VA 24521, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James River Batteau (approx. 3.2 miles away); Rucker’s Chapel (approx. 3.2 miles
Bear Mountain Indian Mission School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
2. Bear Mountain Indian Mission School Marker
away); Sweet Briar College (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Courage of Frank Padget (approx. 4.2 miles away); Amherst County Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away); Grave of Patrick Henry’s Mother (approx. 7.2 miles away); Packet Boat Marshall (approx. 9˝ miles away); Hull of the Packet Boat Marshall (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amherst.
 
Also see . . .  Monacan Indian Nation - History. “However, some of the Monacan people stayed in Virginia, entrenched in their ancestral home in the mountains, a place that became known as Amherst County. Other members of their confederacy, such as Saponis, Occaneechis, and Tutelos, joined these remaining Monacans, and the Monacan people adopted the few Tuscaroras who chose to remain in Virginia.” (Submitted on June 14, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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