Words from the Chamber

We are all certainly aware of the part that Appomattox played at the close of the Civil War. By marking the virtual end to this conflict and the definitive end of slavery in the United States, the surrender at Appomattox is not only a significant event in the overall history of our nation, it is an important element in the march toward equality for black Americans.

Another Appomattox entity that played an important role in such advancements was Carver-Price High School. The roots of the school go back to the efforts of Mrs. Mozella Price, which began in 1919. The first school building for what became Carver-Price was built in 1930. Additional building and expansion occurred at several points during the following thirty-nine years.

Not only did Carver-Price serve black youth in Appomattox, but when public schools were closed in neighboring Prince Edward County, some from that county were able to obtain an education there.

Today the Carver-Price Legacy Museum offers glimpses into the past and the importance of the educational institution. The museum opened in 2008 and has been supported by Carver-Price Alumni and others. Tours are held for any school or other interested group.

The museum along with the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (NHP) have potential to be a tourist draw to a different segment of tourism than the traditional Civil War enthusiast in our area – civil rights and/or black history enthusiasts.

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