Marble Quarry Colored

MARBLE QUARRY Colored School, Mercer District

Notice the big school bell on top!  Very unusual.

Schools for Blacks were given number designations, in addition to their names.  The same system was used for White schools except that they were given letter designations.  In 1938/39, the number designation for Marble Quarry was #46. Source1.7 1939 Socio Econ Study

1)  Instructors:

  • 1924/25  – 1935/36:  Mrs. Gertrude Stewart.   Sources:  Term Reports, LCPS Archives.  Also Loudoun Times Mirror Staff. (1930, June 12). School Board Holds Its Regular Session. Loudoun Times Mirror, p. 1.
  • 1936/37 – 1937/38:  Charles H. Willis, Source:  Term Reports, LCPS Archives.
  • 1938/39 – 1942/43:  Hazel Brown (Madden by 1942).  Source:  Term Reports, LCPS Archives. Loudoun Times Mirror, Times Staff, School Board (from page 1), pg 2 showed colored teachers. April 16, 1942.
Mattie Berryman (bottom right, undated)
Mattie Berryman (bottom right, undated)

1943/44:  Mrs. Mattie (McQuay) Berryman.  Born Sept 7, 1895, died May, 1976 and buried at Solon Cemetery in Loudoun.  Her home was in Middleburg.  Educated at Hampton Institute; but did not acquire a degree.  Prior to working at Marble Quarry, Mrs Berryman instructed at Lincoln.  She resigned from the system during the 1943/44 academic year.  Sources:  Term reports and Teacher Reports, LCPS Archives.

  • 1944/45 – 1945/46:   Hazel Madden
  • 1945/46 – 1946-47:  Charles Willis

2)   Insurance:

  • 1923/26  Insured by LCPS system for 1923/26 as a “Colored” school in Mercer District. Source:  LCPS Staff. (1924-1936). Insurance Record. Purcellville: LCPS. (Found in EWP Archives.  Black Book with Red Spine and Corners)   Page 24/25.

3)  Construction and Sale of School:

  • Construction was in 1874 as a one room frame building for $350.  Source: Report of Survey Committee on Long Range Planning for Loudoun County, Jan, 1940.  Location:  LCPS: Archives folder 2.2 County School Board, 1918-1952.
  • In 1973, the congregation of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Marble Quarry purchased the former school building and converted it into their church.  Source:  History Matters Staff. (2004). Loudoun County African-American Historical Architectural Resources Survey. Leesburg: Balch Library and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, page 38.

4)  Photographs:

Undated Photo
Undated Marble Quarry

Photo  By Thos E. Sims, Jr.  Source:  EWP 11. Yr. 1940 Insurance Photos.   Insurance Analysis and Permanent Record – Property of Loudoun County School Board: Garrett Insurance Company (Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company), Leesburg, Virginia.  October, 1940.