St Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard C0380
Published by George Mason University Libraries
St. Emma's Military Academy was a school for African-American boys in Powhatan, Virginia. It was founded in 1895 as the St. Emma's Industrial and Agricultural Institute. The school's founders, Edward de Vaux Morrell and his wife Louise, were from Philadelphia. The school was located at Belmead, which had been a plantation where Philip St. George Cocke enslaved hundreds of Black men, women, and children. As noted by Greg McQuade in a news story for WTVR Richmond, "Ten thousand young men graduated in nearly 80 years. A stark contrast to the dark beginnings of Belmead," ("Former cadets push to save old African-American military academy"). Robert Walker, a graduate of the school, said, "You would leave here with a military diploma. A trade diploma and an academic diploma,"(quoted in McQuade, "Former cadets push to save old African-American military academy"). St. Emma's Military Academy closed in 1972.
Program catalog and postcard sent by a student from St. Emma's Military Academy, a high school for African-American boys in Powhatan, VA. The catalog, probably created in the 1930s or 1940s, contains details about the course of study and life at the school. The postcard, from 1943, is written by Ernest Noble to his mother Sadie Noble in New York City.
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The Archives and Special Collections of Manhattan College and the De La Salle Christian Brothers hold material from St. Emma's Military Academy in the De La Salle Christian Brothers Archives of the Baltimore District.
African American children -- Education
African American schools
St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard, C0380, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Lynn Eaton from Jerry Jordan in November 2019.
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