Early schools featured in black history exhibit

by David Jett

In celebration of Black History Month, the Richmond County Museum, 5874 Richmond Road, Warsaw, will present “Early African American Schools of Richmond County.”

The exhibit will open to the public during museum hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

At the end of the Civil War, Virginia’s new Constitution of 1867-68 mandated state-supported public education for all, but it also stipulated that the schools would be racially segregated. By 1900, over a dozen one- or two-room schools for African Americans had been built in Richmond County’s small communities that centered on the black churches…