Florence Graded School was named for Florence Bowser, a noted educator who taught here and was instrumental in having the school constructed. It was built in 1920 with state and local funds and a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which had been created about 1912 to finance elementary schools for rural southern African Americans. Some 5,000 Rosenwald schools were built in 15 states, including 308 in Virginia; 9 were in Suffolk (then Nansemond County). Elements of the original frame building survive in the present brick structure. The adjoining Florence Bowser Elementary School was completed in 1963.
Geographic Location: Suffolk
Physical Description of Location: 4551-4749 Nansemond Parkway (Virginia 337), about 3.2 miles west of I-664 exchange, Suffolk, VA 23435.
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