African-American elementary schools, Halifax County, VA

Title

African-American elementary schools, Halifax County, VA

Description

Top photo: African American school, Halifax County
Both the state and local governments supported the public school system, but black schools were chronically underfunded. Compare this primitive, wooden African American school in South Boston, Virginia, to the nearby photographs of white schools in South Boston from the same time period, the 1920s and 1930s. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Bottom photo: African American school, Halifax County
School attendance, particularly in rural areas, tended to be erratic, and Virginia had one of the lowest rates of attendance in the nation in the years before World War II. Black schools, however, were so underfunded that most of them were overcrowded. In 1900 the average black school had 37 percent more pupils in attendance than the average white school. Shown here is a black school in South Boston, Virginia, in the 1920s or 1930s. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Source

From the Virginia Historical Society’s exhibition: the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia, 2004, Web site: http://vahistorical.org/civilrights/education.htm#images
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
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Date

1920s and 1930s

Citation

"African-American elementary schools, Halifax County, VA," in Teaching with Laurel Grove School, Item #50, http://chnm.gmu.edu/laurelgrove/items/show/50 (accessed October 23, 2014).