The African-American Schools of Louisa County


 This website is made possible by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as part of its African American Heritage Program, which includes the African American History in Virginia Grant Program, The African American Heritage Database Project, and the African American Heritage Trails Program, a partnership between VFH and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Through these programs, the Foundation seeks to increase understanding of African American history in Virginia; to promote research and documentation of existing African American historic sites, to strengthen the institutions that interpret African American history in the state; and to encourage Virginias as well as people from all parts of the nation and the world to visit these sites. The views and opinions expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Virginia Foundation, its partners or financial contributors. For more information about the VFH and African American History in Virginia Grant Program and the African American Trails program, please visit the foundation’s website at

Special thanks goes to the many former students and teachers of Louisa's African-American schools who gathered photographs and other primary documents, allowed project committee members to record interviews, and wrote narratives of various schools. Our thanks also goes to the committee members who spent endless hours researching and typing materials.

A final acknowledgement of appreciation is due to the volunteers who spent countless hours in the basement of the Louisa County Court House searching the Supervisors and School Board minutes located in the county archives.  A special thanks goes to the Louisa County School District for assisting the committee in searching their historical records.


A Survey of Negro Education in Louisa County, Paul Everett Behrens,
Masters Thesis, University of Virginia, 1949 ( Paul Behrens taught in Louisa County for three years just prior to WWII.  He was principal of the Mineral graded school and president of the Louisa County Education Association.  His survey work was conducted in conjunction with the Louisa County School Board in 1948-49)

A Brief History of Education in Louisa County, Pearl Mills Harris, The Orange Review, Orange, VA, 1963. (Chapter Six on Negro Education, written by Alberta Guy Despot.)

A Short Autobiography: History and Works of Pearlie Rebecca Robinson Askew, Pearlie Robinson
Askew, Louisa, VA 1998

Patronage and Poverty in the Tobacco South: Louisa County, Virginia, 1860-1900,
Crandall A. Shifflett, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, 1982

Dream Not of Other Worlds, Huston Diehl, University of Iowa Press, 2007

The Trouble They Seen: The Story of Reconstruction in the Words of African Americans.
Dorothy Sterling. Da Capo Press, 1995

The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. DuBois, Kraus International Publications, Milwood, NY, 1973

Special Children's Educational Puzzles


"The Civil Rights Movement in Virginia," Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

University of Virginia Special Collections Library: The Jackson Davis Collection

The Freedmen's Bureau Records at the National Archives

Online Slave Narratives, Library of Congress


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