Meherrin in Lunenburg County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School
—Lunenburg County —
In 1880 a German Lutheran minister, the Rev. W. R. Buehler, a well-educated man who had worked for five years as a missionary in Africa, moved with his family to Green Bay, Virginia. He had not been in Green Bay long when the black community, knowing he had served in Africa, asked the white minister to preach to them and teach their children. He was reluctant at first, but when he saw the pitiful conditions that they lived in, he consented. The Lutheran Mission Board was agreeable to his appointment in Green Bay, and Mrs. Buehler gave land and logs for a chapel-school for the site. The building cost $200 to build and was dedicated in 1881.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School CRIEHT Marker
Because of their efforts to help the local black community, the Buehlers were ostracized by their neighbors. Despite the harassment, Mr. Buehler continued to teach and work in the black community, gaining fame for himself along the way. In 1883 he was asked to preach in Doswelltown, near Meherrin. He acted on the offer, moving his school and church to Doswelltown. This was the first black church to own its own parsonage and cemetery.
Shortly after the move Buehler’s poor health caused him to retire. A series of preachers succeeded him, and the church continued to grow. In 1892 the Sunday school had 106 members and the Christian Day School 54 pupils. The Christian Day School
took in many children from Prince Edward County when the schools there were closed, organizing extra classes. In 1963, when the school’s main teacher, Mrs. Rahab Jackson, retired, economic pressure caused the school to be closed, but the church continued to flourish, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 1983.
2. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church photos
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 22.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 6.137′ N, 78° 20.93′ W. Marker is in Meherrin, Virginia, in Lunenburg County. Marker is on Free State Road (County Route 630) 0.4 miles east of Payne Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Meherrin VA 23954, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meherrin Station (approx. one mile away); Blanche Kelso Bruce (approx. 3.1 miles away); CCC Company 1390 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Charlotte County / Prince Edward County (approx. 5.6 miles away); Joseph Morton (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old Briery Church
(approx. 7.1 miles away); Prince Edward State Park for Negroes (approx. 7.2 miles away); Sharon Baptist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away).
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. St. Matthew Lutheran Church 1883
More about this marker. On the left are two photos with the captions:
"(Above) The congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in 1920."
"(Below) St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church as it stands today."
Also see . . . Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
4. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map
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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 966 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.