CVHR Meeting (April 4): Bleak House Biographies

Alice Cannon will talk about what she learned as she followed the paths after Emancipation of all the people who were enslaved at Bleak House, the James B. Rogers plantation near Earlysville: where they went, how they supported each other, what they and their children went on to do. She will particularly focus on the story of the Woodfolk and Whipps families and the Evans family: who stayed, who left, and how did they remained connected?

Kenwood Library, Monticello

4pm, the first Thursday of most months.

One Response to “CVHR Meeting (April 4): Bleak House Biographies”

  1. Mary Bishop says:

    CVHR, I am seeking information on the African-American elementary school that was on Black Cat Road in Keswick for many years. County school administration had little background on the school the last time I visited county offices. I realize that the CVHR focuses primarily on earlier history. Perhaps, however, someone will know of a source of information. I grew up on Bridlespur Farm in Keswick (my father worked on the farm for 40 years) and I attended all-white Cismont Elementary, which schooled seven grades in four rooms between 1951 and 1958. The late Lloyd Boston, a family friend, told me in the 1990s that the Keswick elementary housed seven grades in only three rooms. For non-fiction work (I am a writer in Roanoke), I need information on conditions at either school and the political forces that prevented full funding of the county’s public schools at a time when Albemarle County’s per-capita income was extraordinarily high and many of the county’s most influential citizens sent their children to private schools. Cismont Elementary had outhouses, FYI, when I was a student, and few other amenities.

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