Red Oak in Charlotte County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Red Oak, Virginia
—Charlotte County —
The need to improve rural black education was emphasized in a survey in 1921 for public schools in Virginia, and as a result, the original school building was abandoned and the present Salem School building was constructed on the site. The $4,500-facility consisted of three classrooms, in which grades one through seven were taught. There were also a cafeteria, an entrance hall and a cloakroom. The school was in operation until 1959, at which time the property reverted to the ownership of Salem Baptist Church. More recently, the church has deeded the property to the Salem School Preservation Committee, which operates it as a non-profit community center. Salem School was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1998 and is now used
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail, and the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 36° 46.167′ N, 78° 38.21′ W. Marker is in Red Oak, Virginia, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of Cargills Creek Road (County Route 632) and Salem School Road (County Route 608), on the right when traveling west on Cargills Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4050 Salem School Road, Red Oak VA 23964, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charlotte County / Mecklenburg County (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Charlotte County / Mecklenburg County (approx. 4.6 miles away); Wylliesburgh (approx. 6.3 miles away); Henrietta Lacks (approx. 6.4 miles away); West End High School (approx. 6˝ miles away); Paul Carrington (approx. 6˝ miles away); War of 1812 Opposition — John Randolph (approx. 6.7 miles away); Roanoke Plantation (approx. 6.7 miles away).
More about this marker. On the left are three photos with
"(Above) Salem School grades 5, 6, and 7 in 1947. Pictured in the third row, third from the right is Ms. A.V. Richardson, teacher and principal."
"(Left) Replacing an outdated log school, Salem School was constructed c.1924 using Rosenwald Funds and local dollars for a total cost of $4,500. Julius Rosenwald was a philanthropist and the president of Sears, Roebuck & Company who authorized the use of funds for the building of schools for African Americans all over the South."
"(Bottom Left) Salem School Students, 1949-50."
On the right is a photo of "(Above Right) Nannie Elam Hunter, a teacher at Salem School, 1949-59."
Also see . . .
1. Salem School. The Museum of Charlotte County (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932). Sears Archives (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Salem School (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 747 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.