The African-American Schools of Louisa County
Getting There:
The County-Wide League and
Consolidation of 'colored' schools

League Members in the 1930s 

Mrs. Bullock
Mrs. Daisy Cosby
Mrs. Kizzie Carter
Mr. James Dickerson, Sr
Mr. Berry Jackson
Mr. George Parish
Mr. Peter Perkins
Mr. Pierce Price
Mr. Edward Simms
Mr. Carey Thurston

Here we remember those souls who, during the 1930’s, brainstormed for ideas to realize separate, but equal, educational opportunities for the Black children of Louisa County. As a youngster, I attended many league meetings with my parents where I observed that the members labored under a segregated system of dreadfully limited resources. For many years, White pupils enjoyed tax-supported school bus transportation to consolidated schools. The County Board of Education, however, did not deem it necessary to provide the same accommodations for Blacks. Many Black children, some as young as seven years, were required to walk five or more miles twice a day in order to reach a local school.

During those dark days, numerous Black citizens, some unmentioned and unsung, participated in the County-Wide League which repeatedly petitioned the County School Board to provide buses for “colored’ children. While awaiting delayed responses, these souls shared their time and talent, as well as their significantly meager means, to provide transportation from various county areas to the Training School. Albeit, without accreditation, this school offered eleven grades, a centralized group of dedicated teachers, and an opportunity for Black youth to hone their athletic, social and academic skills.

During the late 1920’s when Reverend Ellis was principal, several students commuted by train from Pendleton. Many others traveled on foot or on horseback. Later, Black citizens furnished cars, station wagons and even an orange-painted converted hearse in order to provide transportation for Black children.

We also remember the older students who served as drivers for these curious makeshift ‘buses’ to transport pupils: Charles (Baby) Johnson, Leroy Perkins, Roger Brown, Wesley Thurston, Thomas Carter, Raymond Carter, James Brooks, and others.

We thank God for the early efforts of the County-wide League, as well as those of parents, teachers, and students, at an attempt to realize separate and equal educational opportunities for the Black students of Louisa County, Virginia.

A reflection by Louisa Perkins-Kendrick, courtesy of Mr. Carl Perkins.

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Funding for this project was provided by The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and
The Louisa County Historical Society