Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On November 13

On this day in ...
Lucy Addison
... 1937 (75 years ago today), in Washington, D.C., Lucy Addison died, a few weeks shy of 76 years after her birth in Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia, in the 1st year of America's Civil War. Her home after that war was a farm bought by her father. Eventually she enrolled in Philadelphia's Institute for Colored Youth, graduating with a teacher’s diploma in 1882. Within 6 years she'd been not only a schoolteacher, but also as assistant principal at the First Ward Colored School in Roanoke, Virginia. Later she was made principal of a school for black children that went only through 8th grade; "by gradually introducing new coursework, Addison eventually created a full high-school curriculum." Following her retirement in the late 1920s, she was honored with the opening of Lucy Addison High School, still in existence today.

(Prior November 13 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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