The African-American Schools of Louisa County
Former African-American Schools
in Louisa County, Virginia

Bells Crossroads

"We did until our pump broke" 

Location: On Rt. 208 about one mile south of Bells Crossroads
Number of rooms: 1
Year Constructed: 1915
Year Closed:
Building Still Exists: uncertain

In 1949, this building was owned by the county and had an enrollment of 32 students.

From: A Survey of Negro Education in Louisa County, Paul Everett Behrens, 1949. University of Virginia Special Collections (Master's Thesis)


In 1945-46, the teacher at Bell's Cross Roads was Mrs. Eppro C. Johnson. Supervisor Edythe R. Carter's evaluation of Bell's Cross Roads was included in Paul Behren's work. What follows are a few of the questions, and the answers provided by Mrs. Johnson, for that evaluation.

"Grades Taught- 1st through 7th

Needed School Equipment-teacher's desk and chair, pupils desks and chairs

(several questions relate to teaching materials and study guides used)

In what manner do you feel your supervisor has helped you? In helping to improve conditions in the classroom and school grounds, and the lovely May Day Program; that was one of the greatest features that the people of Louisa have ever witnessed here.

Do you eat with your children and notice their eating habits? yes

Have you planted any shrubbery this year? No, but we are trying to improve on the appearance.

What provisions are made for washing hands? Soap and wash basin.

Do you require the children to wash hands before lunch? Before our pump broke.

Do you honestly like dealing with children? Yes, indeed, I do.

Do you give individual attention where needed? Yes, I certainly do.




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