Guide to the St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard, circa 1930s-1940s, 1943

St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard C0380


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator St. Emma's Military Academy (Powhatan, Va.)
Title St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard
Date circa 1930s-1940s, 1943
Physical Characteristics .01 linear feet
Abstract Program catalog and postcard sent by a student from St. Emma's Military Academy, a high school for Black boys in Powhatan, Virginia.
Collection Number C0380
Language English .

Historical Note

St. Emma Military Academy, also known as St. Emma's Military Academy, was a school for Black 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.

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Scope and Content

Program catalog and postcard sent by a student from St. Emma Military Academy, also known as St. Emma's Military Academy, a high school for Black 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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Arrangement

This collection contains two items.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

African American children -- Education
African American schools
Military education

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

St. Emma's Military Academy catalog and postcard, C0380, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by Lynn Eaton from Jerry Jordan in November 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Liz Beckman in December 2020. EAD markup by Liz Beckman in December 2020. Finding aid updated by Amanda Brent in February 2021.

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Bibliography

'Edward De Veaux Morrell,' (7 Aug 1862-1 Sept 1917) Find a Grave Memorial no. 139668945, www.findagrave.com, accessed December 17, 2020.

Koons, Kenneth E., 'Cocke, Philip St. George (1809-1861),' Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities, accesed December 17, 2020.

McQuade, Greg, 'Former cadets push to save old African-American military academy,' CBS 6 News Richmond, WTRV.com, accessed December 17, 2020.

Virginia Humanities, 'Belmead (St. Emma's Military Academy),' AfroVirginia, accessed December 17, 2020.

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