Keysville in Charlotte County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Southside Virginia Community College
—Charlotte County —
Community colleges began in the early part of the 20th century to offer access to higher education for people of all economic and social conditions. They received a great boost when President Truman’s Commission on Higher Education recommended that higher education be available to everyone. In the 1950s and 60s community colleges doubled in numbers and enrollment due to the widespread need for a more highly trained workforce, as well as a more economical approach to the first two years of college. Today, all across America community colleges provide a chance for people to attain goals that were previously beyond their reach. They also serve as a source of cultural enrichment for the community.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 2.037′ N, 78° 27.477′ W. Marker is in Keysville, Virginia, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of Tech Lane and Lunenburg Highway (Virginia Route 40) on Tech Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Daniel Road, Keysville VA 23947, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Keysville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Early Exploration (approx. 2 miles away); Charlotte County / Prince Edward County (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Briery Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Joseph Morton (approx. 3.7 miles away); Meherrin Station (approx. 6.9 miles away); Greenfield (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keysville.
More about this marker. On the left panel are three photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) SVCC’s first student, Bill Steed (left) with the college’s first president Dr. Kenneth Dawson."
"(Center Left) A Biology class underway on the Christanna Campus during the mid-1970’s."
"(Bottom Left) Dr. John J. Cavan
On the bottom center is a map of the CRIEHT locations.
On the right is a photo with the caption, "(Above) Governor Linwood Holton (left) is greeted by SVCC math professor Johnnye Thompson during the Christanna Campus Dedication Ceremony held October 23, 1970."
All photos courtesy of SVCC archives.
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Southside Virginia Community College. (Submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.