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Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School

The Start of St. Paul's

An unidentified group (probably students) poses outside Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville. James Solomon Russell founded the school for African Americans in 1888. This undated image was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1888

Medium: Printed photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Boys Dormitory and Drill Ground

Male students perform calisthenics on the drill ground in front of the boys' dormitory at Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville. James Solomon Russell founded the school for African Americans in 1888. This image was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1925

Medium: Printed photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

St. Paul's Graduating Class and Physical Training, St. Paul's School

At top, the co-ed graduating class of 1924 at Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville poses with a school banner. At bottom, an all-girls class takes part in physical education at the school. Both photographs were taken by "The Brown's" photo studio, a family-run photography business in Richmond that recorded African American life for seventy years, from 1899 until 1969. These images were published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Original Author: The Browns photo studio, Richmond

Created: Probably 1924

Medium: Printed photographs

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Choir of St. Paul's School

Featured here is a list of the members of the board of trustees for Saint Paul's College (originally Saint Paul Normal and Industrial Institute) that was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The Reverend James Solomon Russell, who founded the school for African American students in 1888, is listed here as the secretary of the board; he also served as the principal of the school. The photograph at the bottom of the page shows the school's choir in front of a church. 

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1925

Medium: Printed photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

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  • The Start of St. Paul's

    An unidentified group (probably students) poses outside Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville. James Solomon Russell founded the school for African Americans in 1888. This undated image was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1888

    Medium: Printed photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • Boys Dormitory and Drill Ground

    Male students perform calisthenics on the drill ground in front of the boys' dormitory at Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville. James Solomon Russell founded the school for African Americans in 1888. This image was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1925

    Medium: Printed photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • St. Paul's Graduating Class and Physical Training, St. Paul's School

    At top, the co-ed graduating class of 1924 at Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School in Lawrenceville poses with a school banner. At bottom, an all-girls class takes part in physical education at the school. Both photographs were taken by "The Brown's" photo studio, a family-run photography business in Richmond that recorded African American life for seventy years, from 1899 until 1969. These images were published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

    Original Author: The Browns photo studio, Richmond

    Created: Probably 1924

    Medium: Printed photographs

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • Choir of St. Paul's School

    Featured here is a list of the members of the board of trustees for Saint Paul's College (originally Saint Paul Normal and Industrial Institute) that was published in Our Church Industrial High Schools for Negroes (1925), a pamphlet produced "under the supervision of the American Church Institute for Negroes," an auxiliary of the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The Reverend James Solomon Russell, who founded the school for African American students in 1888, is listed here as the secretary of the board; he also served as the principal of the school. The photograph at the bottom of the page shows the school's choir in front of a church. 

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1925

    Medium: Printed photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library