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Virginia Theological Seminary and College

Virginia Theological Seminary and College

This photograph, probably taken in 1920, shows one of the early buildings at the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (later Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded by the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Founded in 1886, the school opened for classes in 1890 under the name Virginia Seminary.

Citation: Papers of Anne Spencer and the Spencer Family, 1829, 1864–2007. Accession 14204. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Probably 1920

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Gregory W. Hayes

Gregory W. Hayes, the second president of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (later Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded in 1886, is the subject of this photographic portrait. Hayes served as president of the seminary from 1891 until his death in 1906.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Inc.

Mary Rice Hayes

This three-quarter-length photographic portrait depicts Mary Rice Hayes. Her husband, Gregory W. Hayes, served as the second president of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (now Virginia University of Lynchburg) from 1891 until his death in 1906. After her husband's death, Mary Rice Hayes managed the seminary until a replacement was found in 1908. Hayes was the mulatto daughter of a Confederate general and the mother of the author Carrie Allen McCray. McCray wrote about her mother in Freedom’s Child: The Life of a Confederate General’s Black Daughter (1998).

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Inc.

Virginia Theological Seminary and College Faculty

The faculty of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (now Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded in 1886, poses for a photographic portrait about 1911 to 1912. Mary Rice Hayes, who served as president of the seminary from 1906 until 1908, stands on the second row from the bottom, second from left; Anne Spencer, a teacher and a poet, stands on the third row from the bottom, on the far right.

Citation: Papers of Anne Spencer and the Spencer Family, 1829, 1864–2007. Accession 14204. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1911–1912

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Virginia Theological Seminary and College

    This photograph, probably taken in 1920, shows one of the early buildings at the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (later Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded by the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Founded in 1886, the school opened for classes in 1890 under the name Virginia Seminary.

    Citation: Papers of Anne Spencer and the Spencer Family, 1829, 1864–2007. Accession 14204. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Probably 1920

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Gregory W. Hayes

    Gregory W. Hayes, the second president of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (later Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded in 1886, is the subject of this photographic portrait. Hayes served as president of the seminary from 1891 until his death in 1906.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Inc.

  • Mary Rice Hayes

    This three-quarter-length photographic portrait depicts Mary Rice Hayes. Her husband, Gregory W. Hayes, served as the second president of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (now Virginia University of Lynchburg) from 1891 until his death in 1906. After her husband's death, Mary Rice Hayes managed the seminary until a replacement was found in 1908. Hayes was the mulatto daughter of a Confederate general and the mother of the author Carrie Allen McCray. McCray wrote about her mother in Freedom’s Child: The Life of a Confederate General’s Black Daughter (1998).

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Inc.

  • Virginia Theological Seminary and College Faculty

    The faculty of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College (now Virginia University of Lynchburg), a black Baptist college founded in 1886, poses for a photographic portrait about 1911 to 1912. Mary Rice Hayes, who served as president of the seminary from 1906 until 1908, stands on the second row from the bottom, second from left; Anne Spencer, a teacher and a poet, stands on the third row from the bottom, on the far right.

    Citation: Papers of Anne Spencer and the Spencer Family, 1829, 1864–2007. Accession 14204. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1911–1912

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections