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June 12, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Teaching School in Buckingham County

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Courtesy Library of Virginia

Above is the 1894-1895 “Census of Colored Teachers,” listing the African-American teachers in Buckingham County. Note that there were considerably fewer African-American teachers (24) than there were White teachers (62) working in the county.

Members of the Lomax family of Buckingham Court House were leaders in Buckingham County’s education of African Americans.  In 1894-1895, three of them were teaching at the county seat:  Mr. Edward S. Lomax, Mr. E.W. Lomax, and Mrs. Josephine Lomax.  Edward S. and Josephine Lomax were married.  E.W. Lomax was their son, Eugene.  By 1900, their son, Clarence, was also teaching school in Buckingham.

Mr. James  B. Riddle of New Canton also appears on the census.  He was the uncle of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and, in 1926, helped establish Liberty School. The two-room schoolhouse was located near Third Liberty Baptist Church in New Canton and was built at a cost of $2,400.

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If you recognize a teacher, please leave a comment!

 

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  1. missshellbelle / Jan 8 2016 3:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Michele Beller and commented:
    I asked my uncle if he thought my grandma (his mom) or great-grandma would have gone here…he mentioned visiting a one-room school in Appomattox, which he says would have been the closest school to our family homestead. The search continues….

  2. Bob Vernon / Jun 12 2014 10:00 am

    Joanne ~   Is this census available for other years?  Can you give me a reference for it?  I’d like to get lists of Albemarle teachers.  Looks like it is on microfilm.  Is it available via ILL?   Thanks!    ~ Bob 

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    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 12 2014 11:33 am

      Bob, It is on microfilm. I will email you the particulars. Joanne

      • missshellbelle / Jan 8 2016 3:50 pm

        Joanne, would you email me info, too? I asked my uncle if he thought my grandma or great-grandma would have gone here…he mentioned visiting a one-room school in Appomattox, which he says would have been the closest school to our family homestead. Thanks in advance! You have so much amazing info!

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