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April 17, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Josephine Lomax

The Lomax Family, Courtesy Renée Ingram and Charles W. White Sr.

In the autumn of 1904, Buckingham County correspondent “Quoit” sent the following news to the Appomattox and Buckingham Times:

Published October 19th:

I have heretofore omitted, unintentionally, to mention the severe illness of Josephine Lomax, the teacher for many years of, the colored school at this place [Buckingham Court House]. She is extremely ill, and has the sympathy of the entire community.  She is a colored woman who has the respect of the community. Her life is almost despaired of.


Published October 26th:

We record with sincere sadness the death of the colored woman, Mrs. Josephine Lomax, of whom I wrote in the last issue of your paper. Yielding to the irrepressible attack of that terrible enemy of human life, consumption, she departed this life on Wednesday, October 19, and was buried on Friday, October 21, by the side of her mother, well known in this community, as “Aunt Lizzie Jones.” Quite a large crowd attended her burial. Having been a public school teacher in this county for a number of years, she was well known, and she was well thought of, both as a teacher and as a woman of exceptionally good reputation. She leaves a husband and twelve children.

Click here for the obituary for Josephine’s husband, Edmund S. Lomax.

Click for more about “Colored Schools” in Buckingham County.


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