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

Shannon Hill

The Shannon Hill School
Location: Just east of Rt. 605 at the Louisa/Goochland County line
Number of rooms:2
Year Constructed: 1941
Year Closed: Unknown
Building Still Exists: Yes

An oral history interview with Joyce Lee Price in 2014 added the following:

Mrs. Price remembers her years attending the Shannon Hill School and remarks on how well she learned under the instruction of teachers like Kate Daniel, Miss Johnson and Miss Sigh(sp?).  The teachers at Shannon Hill took time with each student to be sure they learned and they made each student feel important.  She recalled the special time at Christmas when they sang Christmas carols and her joy at the Spelling Bee each year.  They memorized poems Mrs. Price could still recall and learned reading, writing and math.  Mrs. Price's brother, Calvin Desper shared that he attended the Training School in Town of Louisa but had to quit early to work on behalf of the family.  As elsewhere, the school was heated by a wood stove and children provided and hauled in firewood. 

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

Current photo courtesy of George Tyler.


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