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

Pocahontas High School

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
1. Pocahontas High School Marker
Inscription. Powhatan County established Powhatan Training School one mile southeast in 1931 to offer upper level courses to African American students. In 1937 on this site the county built a brick high school for African Americans at a cost of about $40,000. The Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, a New Deal agency, granted $18,000 for the project. Additional support came from the Virginia Board of Education’s Literary Fund and the Southern Education Foundation, which aided African American schools across the South. The building was named Pocahontas High School in 1941 and Pocahontas Middle School in 1969, when county schools were desegregated.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-71.)
 
Location. 37° 33.474′ N, 77° 56.888′ W. Marker is in Powhatan, Virginia, in Powhatan County. Marker is on Anderson Highway (U.S. 60) west of Maidens Road (U.S. 522), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Powhatan VA 23139, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Giles's Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Powhatan Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Powhatan Court House
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By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
2. Pocahontas High School Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); The Court House (approx. 2 miles away); Mohemenco (A Monacan Village) and Drake House (approx. 3 miles away); Dunlora Academy (approx. 3˝ miles away); Mosby’s Tavern / Cumberland Old Courthouse (approx. 4.9 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Powhatan.
 
Also see . . .  Historical marker dedicated to Pocahontas High School in Powhatan. 2015 article by John Reid Blackwell in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Janet Carter, a member of the Pocahontas High School Class of 1967, remembers the rural school in Powhatan County as ‘a gathering place for the community and social events, and a good place to attend school.’ Demetrius Venable was in the Class of 1966 and now teaches at Howard University in Washington. He grew up next door to Pocahontas, ‘so it was home, and a playground, and a school,’ he said. Both of them visited the school again Saturday for the unveiling of a state historical marker commemorating its history. About 100 Pocahontas High School graduates and other guests, students and teachers attended the event.” (Submitted on August 31, 2017.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Pocahontas School image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
3. Pocahontas School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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