Suffolk’s wealthy schooling historical past is on show for a restricted time.
The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society has a brand new free exhibit, “The History of Education,” on show by way of July on the Phillips-Dawson House, 137 Bank St.
This exhibit has quite a few instances and shows displaying what college was like for Suffolk youngsters from the 1800s till 1965. Pictures and different memorabilia assist guests by way of a timeline that follows the primary schoolhouses by way of the tip of racially segregated colleges.
Many schoolhouses popped up in varied communities to show youngsters. They have been in neighborhoods like Whaleyville and Holland, the place lecturers, who have been often single girls, would stay and educate.
“There were so many schoolhouses that existed in Suffolk it’s actually overwhelming how many there were,” mentioned Kimberly Blair Greene, government director of The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society.
Guests can view footage of old skool buildings, class footage and sports activities workforce footage of scholars who attended college in Suffolk and be taught extra concerning the educators who taught them. Other objects on show embody a slate board that college students used for classroom assignments, a bookbag from the 1800s, a report card from 1892 and Suffolk High School band and cheerleading gear.
One of the shows showcases Black historical past in Suffolk colleges. There are artifacts from Nansemond Collegiate Institute, an all-Black non-public college that centered on the high-quality arts. Many college students from this college went on to check at prestigious universities like Harvard and Yale. Unfortunately, the varsity burned across the time of integration, and a marker on East Washington Street identifies its location.
“It was educational for me as I went through these items for display,” mentioned Blair Greene. “I didn’t grow up here, so I was unaware of the rich history of education in Suffolk and Nansemond County.”
The Phillips-Dawson House is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with appointments accessible on Fridays.