Bear Mountain is the spiritual center of the Monancan community. The Bear Mountain Indian Mission School, ca. 1868 was originally built for church services and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Virginia's racial segregation laws excluded Monacan children from public schools. The school provided a seventh-grade education until 1964, when high school first became available to Monacan students. In 1908, an Epsicopal mission was established on this site, which included a frame extension to the schoolhouse. A fire in 1930 left only the schoolhouse intact. The building now belongs to the Monacan Indian Nation.
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: Virginia Historical Society and Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Amherst County
Physical Description of Location: 24521. Located on State Route 643, less than 1/5 of a mile east of the intersection of State Route 643 and State Route 655. Marker is on the left when traveling east on State Route 643.
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