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The Cornland School's one room building with a pot belly stove, 16 students, used school books and 8 grades levels simultaneously taught by one teacher educated Black children after the Civil War from 1902 through 1952. Black children walked as far as 5 miles to get to school without all the warm clothing, boots, hats and gloves our children are privileged to wear today. They walked in rain, heat or snowy conditions through dirt streets and mud. This school was originally in Norfolk, Va. but it's location is now a part of Chesapeake, Va. Several of the students who attended the school are still alive today and the Snead family currently owns the property. The Cornland School Foundation.org. was created and developed by Wanda Snead and City Councilwoman Dr. Ella Ward both of Chesapeake, Va. Dr. Ella Ward has been an educator in Virginia for 35 years. But, during this time period after reconstruction very few Virginians received any education. Public schools were created but were white, state controlled segregated institutions. Tonight on my show I have Ms. Barbara Russel whom I met recently after she spoke on the topic of The Cornland School Project and the importance of preserving the memory of what education was like during the early 1900s. You are listening to Blogtalkradio I'm Laura Gall and the name of my show is "You Talk Too Much". Today is Thursday, February 27, 2014. My call in number as always is 1-714-242-5273. Thank you so much for listening.
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