Group of Students Indian Mission, Falling Rock

Title

Group of Students Indian Mission, Falling Rock

Description

Students stand with their teacher in front of the Bear Mountain Indian Mission School on the Monacan settlement near Bear Mountain in Amherst County in 1914.

The log cabin, serving as a church, had existed on the site since about 1868. In 1908, the Episcopal minister Arthur P. Gray Jr. established Saint Paul's Mission and added classrooms to the cabin. The school enrolled students through the seventh grade until public school desegregation in 1964.

Jackson Davis (1882–1947) was a Cumberland County native who took this photograph and many others of the Monacans as part of a series documenting the education of minority groups in Virginia.

Creator

Jackson Davis

Date Created

1914

Source

Jackson Davis, Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Negative Number 0023, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

4" x 6"

Coverage

central Virginia, twentieth century, Amherst