The African-American Schools of Louisa County
Former African-American Schools
in Louisa County, Virginia
A. G. Richardson High School

 A.G. Richardson opened in September of 1953 and replaced the Louisa Training School as the high school facility for African-American students.  Located about three miles east of Louisa on Rt. 33, the school is now Thomas Jefferson Elementary school.

It was named for Dr. Archie Gibbs Richardson, Associate Supervisor of Elementary and Secondary Education, State Department of Education.  Dr. Richardson began his work with the state department of education in Louisa County and is remembered with great admiration and affection by former teachers and students.

The school began in 1953 with an enrollment of 293 students and eleven teachers, with Mr. R. E. Phanelson serving as the first principal.

Principal's Message to Seniors - A. G. Richardson Yearbook, 1964.  His words spoke gave vision for the times, for President Johnson would sign the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964.

"The time has arrived for you to be concerned with your avenues of destiny.  In your journeys, you must develop in yourselves and help create in others the desire to achieve higher horizons.  Today, in all walks of American life, we have made encouraging gains. Tomorrow, you must accept and make maximum use of these accomplishments.  You will have the responsibility of furthering the American dream of full citizenship for all.  To realize your goals, there is the need to develop a new image of one's self.  You must now think and act on the highest possible level regardless of your position in life.  To do this, you can not look back - you must look forward.  The examples you set should be at the highest possible caliber; so that they may serve as guide lines for others; so that you will be judged as an individual on a basis with all others... I bid you God's speed.

Mr. R. E. Phanelson

A.G. Richardson A.G. Richardson at its dedication in 1953

R.E. Phanelsoon
Mr. R. E. Phanelson, Principal.   
Photo from 1964 yearbook

H. L. Nuckols
Mr. Harry L. Nuckols, Assistant Principal in 1964

4-H club 1955 at A. G. Richardson
Members of the 1955 4-H club at A. G. Richardson. 
Photo courtesy of Dr. Christine Thomasson 

Please help us gather more information about A.G. Richardson. We are seeking first person narratives, photographs and written accounts about the school. If you have information to share, please contact the
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