Virginia Estelle Randolph was an American educator in Henrico County, Virginia.
19 Facts About Virginia Randolph
Virginia Randolph was named the United States' first "Jeanes Supervising Industrial Teacher" by her Superintendent of Schools, Jackson Davis, and she led a program funded by the Jeanes Foundation to upgrade vocational training throughout the US South as her career progressed.
Virginia Randolph's mother was a domestic worker from Campbell County and her father was a bricklayer.
Virginia Randolph had three sisters: Mary, Sarah, and Emma, the latter of whom was one month old when her father died in 1874.
Virginia Randolph was a member of the church throughout her life.
Virginia Randolph attended Baker School, the first public school built for black students in Richmond.
Virginia Randolph secured a teaching position with the Henrico County School Board the next year.
Virginia Randolph opened a one-room schoolhouse, the Mountain Road School.
Virginia Randolph fixed up the dilapidated building and traveled throughout the county to recruit students.
Virginia Randolph believed that manual arts helped students had opportunities for employment if they were unable to acquire secondary education.
Beyond the importance of academics and learning skills, Virginia Randolph thought it was important to promote healthy spirits and hearts.
Virginia Randolph's programs were financially supported by Bryan and Steward families and were promoted by Henrico County Schools's supervisor Jackson Davis.
Virginia Randolph chronicled her progress by becoming the author of the Henrico Plan which became a reference book for southern schools receiving assistance from the Jeanes Foundation, which became known as the Negro Rural School Fund.
Virginia Randolph's teaching techniques and philosophy were later adopted in Great Britain's African colonies.
Virginia Randolph served for many years on the Inter-Racial and Health Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Randolph, who remained single throughout her life, took in children whose parents were unable to care for them to board at her house.
Virginia Randolph adopted Carrie B Sample, one of fifty children that she took in and raised.
Virginia Randolph died in Richmond on March 16,1958, at the age of 84.
The Virginia Randolph Fund was founded in 1936 as a tribute to her.