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"WE LIFT AS WE CLIMB"

1902-Graduation-small.jpg

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Title

"WE LIFT AS WE CLIMB"

Subject

Early African American Schools

Standards of Learning VS.1a, VS.1d, VS.1g, VS.8a, VS.8b, USII.1a, USII.1d, USII.3b, USII.4c

Description

Early African American schools were designed to advance younger generations of African Americans. Within this community of individuals there was a belief that, as an African American became more educated and continued to exceed in society, the individual would "lift" the rest of the race and gain prestige. This picture is an image of an invitation to a "colored" school graduation at the First Baptist Church in Louisa County. The invitation holds the motto "WE LIFT AS WE CLIMB," putting the belief of one generation lifting up the status of the entire race into an inspirational phrase.

With the understanding of the value of education and after the Civil Are had ended, African Americans immediately began to look for ways and places to organize schools. There is only one account of a schools function in Louisa County during the 1860s: a school in the Louisa Courthousa district. However, in 1871, many African American schools began to gain some funding from the County. Although the County provided many necessities, it did not provide a building for students to have classes. Many African American churches stepped in and provided buildings for students to have class.

Source

Louisa County Historical Society Collection

Publisher

Louisa County Historical Society

Date

June 10, 1902

Rights

RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTION POLICY

All items in our archives have been donated to The Louisa County Historical Society with express permission to use them only for not-for-profit purposes of education and individual research. We make them available online to further those ends. Anyone wishing to use images online or in printed publications must obtain express written permission to do so from the Louisa County Historical Society and the legal copyright holder. Users assume full responsibility for disputes arising from copyright violations or invasions of privacy.

Format

Document

Language

English

Type

Invitation

Identifier

054_2008_551_4

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