Amherst Indian School Chapel and Teachers' Cottage

Title

Amherst Indian School Chapel and Teachers' Cottage

Description

A church, a school (right), and a teachers' cottage (center) stand near Bear Mountain in Amherst County, home to the Monacan Indian Nation. 

A log cabin, serving as a church, had existed on the site since about 1868. In 1908, the Episcopal minister Arthur P. Gray Jr. established St. Paul's Mission and, by adding classrooms to the cabin, the Bear Mountain Indian Mission School. 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 in 1914 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 0021, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

4" x 6"

Coverage

twentieth century, central Virginia, Amherst