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January 2, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

1905: Buckingham High School Commencement


Buckingham High School, built c. 1897.

Courtesy Carl Coleman Rosen, Sr. & Historic Buckingham

In 1905, few individuals in rural Virginia graduated from high school. Commencement was indeed “A GRAND OCCASION.” On Friday, June 2, 1905, Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch detailed the high school commencement in Buckingham County.

 Buckingham People Show Their Pride in Their High School

BUCKINGHAM VA. June 1 – Not for many a year, with the possible exception of the first Wooldridge and Forbes trial, has there been such an immense gathering of people at Buckingham Courthouse as assembled here Tuesday night to attend the High School commencement exercises.

Long before the time for opening the exercises a mass of humanity surged around the front door of the courthouse in which the programme was to be rendered. Early in the night every one of three hundred seats that had been prepared for the occasion was occupied, and the vestibule and stairways of the building were filled with those who could not secure seats.

A splendid programme, with varying features, was rendered. The opening address was made by Thomas Hall. The fan drill and fancy march, by twelve boys and twelve girls, was also highly attractive. There were a number of recitations, tableaux and singing.

The Home Band, under the direction of Mr. A. C. Spencer, ably assisted by Miss Nannie Moseley and Mrs. T. B. Bondurant, pianists, interspersed the exercises with delightful music. All in attendance seemed thoroughly to enjoy the evening and many were the congratulations showered upon Principal E. P. Dahl and his assistant, Mrs. Bondurant, for the successful accomplishment of their efforts.

Did you miss the “Wooldridge and Forbes trial” which filled Buckingham County’s courthouse?

Click here to read the serialized story at Slate River Ramblings: The Famous Forbes Case


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