Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Farmville Female Seminary Association
—Prince Edward County —
In 1884 the Commonwealth of Virginia acquired the property, renaming it the State Female Normal School at Farmville, with 110 students. This was the first state-supported institution of higher education for women in Virginia. By 1927 it had a rating as one of the 12 most outstanding state teachers’ colleges in the country, and served as a model for similar colleges across the Commonwealth.
In 1949, after several more name changes, the school became Longwood College, named in recognition of the Longwood Estate, site of the current
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 18.048′ N, 78° 23.79′ W. Marker is in Farmville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker can be reached from High Street (County Route 643) south of St George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmville VA 23901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Four Sororities Founded (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away); Dr. William W. H. Thackston (about 600 feet away); Beulah AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street - Mayor J. David Crute - EACO Theatre Longwood University (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Longwood College (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
More about this marker. On the left are two photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) Students at work in the science laboratory, 1938-39."
"(Bottom Left) The Rotunda and students, 1910. The Rotunda, the signature historic building on campus burned to the ground in a devastating fire on April 24, 2001 and will be reconstructed."
In the center is a photo of "(Above Center) Members of Delta Sigma Chi Sorority, 1925."
On the right is a photo of "(Above) George W. Jeffers, Professor of Biology; Mildred D. Davis, Associate Professor of English; C.G. Gordon Moss, Professor of History and Social Sciences, Dean of the College and Longwood’s leading civil rights advocate. Pictured here at commencement in 1968."
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Longwood University. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • War, US Civil •
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