Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Education in Dinwiddie County
—Dinwiddie County —
It was not until 1870 that public education for blacks and whites was introduced into Dinwiddie County. By 1833, 25 schools out of the school system’s 53 one- and two-room schools were for African-Americans. The number of black elementary schools totaled as many as 40 by the late 1920s. As transportation became available, the schools began consolidating.
In 1899 the John A. Dix Industrial School was established one mile east of this site as the first and only private school for African Americans. Several years later, the Dinwiddie Agricultural and Industrial School was added. In 1908, after being purchased, the school was conveyed to the Board of Education of the African Methodist Zion Church. Shortly afterward, the school once again changed its name and became the Dinwiddie
(Above) Photo taken by Jackson Davis, state agent for African-American rural schools for the Virginia Sate Department of Education from 1910-1915. He took this photo to show the good road condition through Dinwiddie Court House to Dinwiddie High School. The school can be seen in the background on the right.
(Left) This Jackson Davis photo was taken during Patron’s Day exercises at a one-room school for African-Americans c. 1910s.
(Above Right) Professor W.E. Woodyard was the principal of the Dinwiddie Noraml and Industrial Institute from 1915 to 1949.
Photos of court house road and one-room school courtesy of The Jackson Davis Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library. Photo of W.E. Woodyard courtesy of Catherine Simmons.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 4.652′ N, 77° 35.239′ W. Marker is in Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sycamore Drive and Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1). Touch for map. This CRIEHT marker is located on the lawn in front of Dinwiddie Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dinwiddie Court House (here, next to this marker); Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); The War of 1812 / Winfield Scott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scott's Law Office (about 400 feet away); Dinwiddie Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Vaughan Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dinwiddie Normal Industrial School (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Union Cavalry Attacks (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dinwiddie.
Also see . . . Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on January 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,215 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.