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Berryville in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Schools of Josephine City

 
 
The Schools of Josephine City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 15, 2007
1. The Schools of Josephine City Marker
Inscription. In 1882, the former slaves and free colored people of this community built the Josephine City School to provide their children with a grade school education. Under the leadership of Rev. Edward Johnson, a new building was completed in 1930 to provide high school education for Negro students and was called the Clarke County Training School. It was named the W.T.B. Williams Training School in 1944 to honor a Clarke County native who served as Dean of Tuskegee Institute. From 1949 to 1966, the school was known as Johnson-Williams High School. After the integration of public schools, it became the Johnson-Williams Intermediate School and served students of all races from 1966 until it was closed in 1987. The high school building was converted into apartments for older persons in 1992. The original Josephine City School is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003 it became the first museum devoted to the history of Clarke County’s African-American community.
 
Location. 39° 8.524′ N, 77° 58.79′ W. Marker is in Berryville, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker can be reached from Josephine Street, on the right. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Josephine School Community Museum. Next to the main museum building (the old Josephine Schoolhouse).
The Josephine School Community Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 15, 2007
2. The Josephine School Community Museum
The marker stands on the parking lot side (left side of the picture) of the museum.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Josephine Street, Berryville VA 22611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milton Valley Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucy Diggs Slowe (about 400 feet away); Josephine City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Berryville (approx. half a mile away); Benjamin Berry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clarke County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Traveler Was Tethered on This Spot (approx. 0.7 miles away); James Ireland (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berryville.
 
Also see . . .  Josephine School Community Museum. (Submitted on July 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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Entrance to the Museum from Josephine Street image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 15, 2007
3. Entrance to the Museum from Josephine Street
The Johnson-Williams High School buildings stand in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,248 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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