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Bishop Payne Divinity School

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Bishop Payne Divinity School Marker
Inscription. The Bishop Payne Divinity School began here in 1878 at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Normal and Industrial School. For 71 years it prepared black men for the ministry in the church. Giles B. Cooke (1838-1937) headed the vocational school and helped develop the divinity school. In 1884 the school was named after the Rt. Rev. John Payne, the first bishop of Liberia. Prominent students included James Solomon Russell (1857-1935), who founded Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, and George Freeman Bragg Jr. (1853-1940), who became a priest and civil rights advocate. In 1949 the school merged with the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
 
Erected 2013 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA-31.)
 
Location. 37° 13.39′ N, 77° 24.35′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Street and Farmer Street, on the left when traveling south on Halifax Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 228 Halifax St, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln In Petersburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prince Hall Masons in Virginia (about
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
2. Bishop Payne Divinity School Marker
600 feet away); North Carolina Confederate Hospital (about 700 feet away); Peabody High School (about 700 feet away); Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weddell-McCabe-Chisholm House (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKenney House (approx. mile away); McKenney Library (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. (Submitted on May 26, 2014.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil RightsEducation
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
3. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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