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The Richmond Colored Normal School

Richmond Colored Normal School Diploma

This graduation diploma conferred on Maggie L. Mitchell—later known by her married name, Maggie Lena Walker—states that she successfully completed the requirements for a degree from the Richmond Colored Normal School on June 15, 1883. This degree qualified Mitchell to teach in the public school system in Virginia.

Original Author: Richmond City School Board

Created: June 15, 1883

Medium: School diploma

Courtesy of Frank Ruggles, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Richmond Colored Normal School

African Americans pose in front of the Richmond Colored Normal School at Twelfth and Leigh streets, a building constructed with the financial support of the Freedmen's Bureau. The facility operated both as a normal school to train teachers and as a regular high school. Among the graduates of the school were J. Andrew Bowler, who became a prominent African American educator, and Maggie Lena Walker, a successful black entrepreneur and civic leader.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

Medium: Glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph

Courtesy of Cook Collection, The Valentine

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  • Richmond Colored Normal School Diploma

    This graduation diploma conferred on Maggie L. Mitchell—later known by her married name, Maggie Lena Walker—states that she successfully completed the requirements for a degree from the Richmond Colored Normal School on June 15, 1883. This degree qualified Mitchell to teach in the public school system in Virginia.

    Original Author: Richmond City School Board

    Created: June 15, 1883

    Medium: School diploma

    Courtesy of Frank Ruggles, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

  • Richmond Colored Normal School

    African Americans pose in front of the Richmond Colored Normal School at Twelfth and Leigh streets, a building constructed with the financial support of the Freedmen's Bureau. The facility operated both as a normal school to train teachers and as a regular high school. Among the graduates of the school were J. Andrew Bowler, who became a prominent African American educator, and Maggie Lena Walker, a successful black entrepreneur and civic leader.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Probably late nineteenth to early twentieth century

    Medium: Glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph

    Courtesy of Cook Collection, The Valentine