Sallie Jones Atkinson, prominent educator and community leader in Dinwiddie County and her husband, John Pryor Atkinson, gave the land on which Sunnyside High School was built in 1911. By her vision, tireless industry, and determination, the school became the first eight-month rural school accredited in Virginia. Mrs. Atkinson also served on the state committee that worked to secure Governor Montague's approval for women's suffrage.
Geographic Location: Dinwiddie County
Physical Description of Location: McKenney, VA 23872. Located on McKenney Hwy (Rt. 40), less than 1/5 of a mile west of the intersection of McKenney Hwy (Rt. 40) and State Route 610. Marker is on the right when traveling west on McKenney Hwy (Rt. 40).
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