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Buckingham Training School F-62 | Marker History

Buckingham Training School Marker, F-62

One mile southeast stood Buckingham Training School, the first high school in the county for African American students. In 1919 the Rev. Stephen J. Ellis organized the County-Wide League for School Improvement to persuade the Buckingham County School Board to build a secondary school for black students. When this effort failed, Ellis and his supporters raised $3,000 to match a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, established in 1917 to build schools for black students in the rural South. The four-room high school opened in 1924 with Thomas L. Dabney as principal and served the community until it closed in 1953.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1995
Region: Southside Region
Geographic Location: Buckingham County
Physical Description of Location: Dillwyn, VA 23936. Located at the intersection of South Constitution Route and North Madison Road (Hwy 15).
GPS Location: 37.5433848650,-78.4743352270
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