Group of Students Indian Mission, Falling Rock
TitleGroup of Students Indian Mission, Falling Rock
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.
SourceJackson Davis, Papers, 1906–1947, Accession #3072, #3072-a, Negative Number 0023, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library
Physical Dimension4" x 6"
Coveragecentral Virginia, twentieth century, Amherst
Collection:The Papers of Jackson Davis
Rights Statement: Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections