Memories of Union High

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Marion Woodfork Simmons is a family historian who became interested in the local history of Caroline County, Virginia while researching her family history. Learn more about her research at and

Memories of Union High

An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia, 1903-1969

Authored by Marion Woodfork Simmons

2012 National Indie Excellence Award - African American Non-Fiction Finalist

In 1895, members of the Caroline County Sunday School Union implemented a plan to build and operate a secondary school for Negro children in Caroline County, Virginia. The school, originally named Bowling Green Industrial Academy, then Caroline County Training School and finally Union High School, served as the only secondary school for Negro children in the county from 1903 to 1969.

Union High alumni speak fondly of their school. With church and home, it was an important institution in their community. The administration and faculty nurtured, supported, and encouraged the students. They held them to high standards and expected to them to excel. Parents and members of the community strove to support the school in every way possible. And the school served all members of the community, not just students. For many, Union High was an oasis that sheltered them from the hardships of growing up in a segregated society and provided them a solid foundation to become productive members of society.

The last group of students graduated from Union High School on June 5, 1969. At the start of the 1969-1970 school year, both Black and White students attended the school, renamed Bowling Green Senior High School, when the Caroline County School system became integrated.

Memories of Union High contains historical information, memories from alumni, faculty, family and friends, excerpts from school newspapers and yearbooks, over 100 photographs and other memorabilia. It is a fitting tribute to the people associated with Union High and a good history lesson for those who are not familiar with the school.

Publication Date:
0615530923 / 9780615530925
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / History

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