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Jackson Davis's Photographs of African American Education

Salters Creek School

An American flag flies atop Salters Creek School, a one-room, African American school in Dinwiddie County. This photograph was taken on Patron's Day, an event that promoted the school's accomplishments for whites who supported African American education. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

One-Room Schoolhouse

A teacher and his students pose in a corner of a one-room schoolhouse in Halifax County. The stove at center (probably a wood stove) heated the room. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: ca. 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Oak Grove Colored School

A quilt and other handmade items are strung across the blackboard of a classroom in the Oak Grove Colored School in Brunswick County. A flag-draped portrait of Booker T. Washington, a renowned African American educator, hangs on the wall. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Member of the Homemakers Club

Bernice Wight, a member of the Homemakers Club in Caroline County, displays tomatoes she grew in her garden. In an attempt to improve rural schools for African Americans early in the twentieth century, an emphasis was placed on industrial education, and students were taught practical skills such as gardening, woodworking, and sewing. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: September 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Keswick Colored School

Students line up outside the Colored Graded School near Keswick, in Albemarle County, in 1915. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans. The building depicted is now a private residence.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Interior of a One-Room Schoolhouse

Barefoot children sit on benches inside a one-room log schoolhouse in Brunswick County. The walls and the ceiling of the cramped classroom have been used as a blackboard. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of aobut 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Chair Caning Demonstration

A student demonstrates how to cane a chair, a skill he learned at the African American Union Street School in Elizabeth City County (later the city of Hampton). Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

White Oak Colored School

This 1915 photograph by Jackson Davis shows the interior of the White Oak Colored School in Halifax County. Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: ca. 1915

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Collecting Donations for the Caroline County Training School

A man at right donates money for the Caroline County Training School, an institution that trained teachers for African American schools. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: 1920

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Caroline County Training School Graduating Class

The graduating class of Caroline County Training School—an institution that trained teachers for African American schools—poses for a group portrait on May 19, 1921. The banner behind them reads, "We Finish To Begin." Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Jackson Davis

Created: May 19, 1921

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Salters Creek School

    An American flag flies atop Salters Creek School, a one-room, African American school in Dinwiddie County. This photograph was taken on Patron's Day, an event that promoted the school's accomplishments for whites who supported African American education. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • One-Room Schoolhouse

    A teacher and his students pose in a corner of a one-room schoolhouse in Halifax County. The stove at center (probably a wood stove) heated the room. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: ca. 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Oak Grove Colored School

    A quilt and other handmade items are strung across the blackboard of a classroom in the Oak Grove Colored School in Brunswick County. A flag-draped portrait of Booker T. Washington, a renowned African American educator, hangs on the wall. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Member of the Homemakers Club

    Bernice Wight, a member of the Homemakers Club in Caroline County, displays tomatoes she grew in her garden. In an attempt to improve rural schools for African Americans early in the twentieth century, an emphasis was placed on industrial education, and students were taught practical skills such as gardening, woodworking, and sewing. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: September 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Keswick Colored School

    Students line up outside the Colored Graded School near Keswick, in Albemarle County, in 1915. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans. The building depicted is now a private residence.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Interior of a One-Room Schoolhouse

    Barefoot children sit on benches inside a one-room log schoolhouse in Brunswick County. The walls and the ceiling of the cramped classroom have been used as a blackboard. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of aobut 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Chair Caning Demonstration

    A student demonstrates how to cane a chair, a skill he learned at the African American Union Street School in Elizabeth City County (later the city of Hampton). Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • White Oak Colored School

    This 1915 photograph by Jackson Davis shows the interior of the White Oak Colored School in Halifax County. Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: ca. 1915

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Collecting Donations for the Caroline County Training School

    A man at right donates money for the Caroline County Training School, an institution that trained teachers for African American schools. Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: 1920

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Caroline County Training School Graduating Class

    The graduating class of Caroline County Training School—an institution that trained teachers for African American schools—poses for a group portrait on May 19, 1921. The banner behind them reads, "We Finish To Begin." Jackson Davis, the Virginia field agent for the General Education Board from 1915 to 1929, took this photograph, one of about 6,000 he made documenting the conditions of rural schools and the industrial education of African Americans.

    Citation: Jackson Davis Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Jackson Davis

    Created: May 19, 1921

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections