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Gloucester Agricultural and Industrial School NW-18 | Marker History

Gloucester Agricultural and Industrial School Marker, NW-18

On this site stood the Gloucester Agricultural and Industrial School, commonly known as Capahosic Academy, a private high school built for African Americans before public high schools were available to them. Founded in 1888 by local alumni of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), it was taken over and funded by the American Missionary Association after 1891. William Gibbons Price (1868?-1941) was the principal from 1899 until it closed in 1933. Despite the school's name, graduates included not only well-trained farmers, but also many students who attended college and entered professions such as teaching. It was a cultural center of the local black community.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2000
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: Petsworth, VA 23061. Located on State Route 618, 2 miles west of the junction of State Route 618 and Hickory Fork Road. Marker is on the right when traveling west on State Route 618.
GPS Location: 37.38332,-76.627984
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