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

Willow Brook

Location: On Rt. 635 (West Chapel Road) about 1 mile south of Crewsville Road
Number of rooms: 2
Year Constructed: 1925
Year Closed: Unknown
Building Still Exists: no

In 1948, this school was owned by the county and had an enrollment of 21 students.  There were 30 usable books in its library

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


 "My name is Gloria S. Pugh Beasley. I went to Willow Brook Elementary School for a few years, graduating in May 1953, a month shy of my 13th birthday. The teacher was Miss Mary L. Dabney. Miss Dabney taught all the grades -- one thru seven. She was a wonderful teacher--not just a teacher but also a coach for the annual oratorical contests in which students from the various county schools competed in speech-making. I remember memorizing and delivering an oration entitled, "Being Physically Fit", and going all the way to the state finals in Charlottesville. I didn't win but I remember it being a wonderful, exciting experience."

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