Unison

UNISON COLORED SCHOOL

Data as of 11/13/2014

1)  History

  • A history of Unison village, once a Quaker area and site of the underground railroad above Welbourne Road.
  • Where was the “Colored School.”  Although there were two official records in 1894/95 and 1896/97 identifying colored teachers instructing in Unison, local experts I consulted in 11/2014 indicated they hadn’t any record of such a school.   They did wonder if perhaps the school was really in Willisville, an African-American enclave about two miles away from the village of Unison, or even in Saint Louis, the largest African-American enclave at the time in Loudoun.  This need further research.  In this regard, I’d like to thank Mitch Diamond,  Unison Preservation Society for his help and that of local historians with whom he consulted.

2)  Instructors

  • 1894/95:  Miss Annie E. Gillem of 1157, 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC was the colored instructor, operating on a Second Grade Certificate:  Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (  1895ColoredA Census of Colored Teachers 1894/95 – Done Dec 10, 1894), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.  Note:   Gillem instructed the following year 1895/96 at Leithton.  Are these the same school by different names?
  • 1895/96:   No records
  • 1896/97:   Miss Annie E. Gillem of 2022 10th St., NW, Washington, DC, returned to Unison, instructing on a 2nd Grade certificate.  She had instructed at  Leithton the previous year.  Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (1897ColoredCombined  Census of Colored Teachers 1896-97 – Done Dec 15, 1896), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.

Edited by Larry W. Roeder., Jr., MS  11/13/2014

 

 

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