Join us at our next quarterly meeting - Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3 PM, Downtown Business Center, 7th & Main Sts., West Point, VA
Dudley Olsson will speak about an oral history training program sponsored by the Center for Digital Storytelling. During the past summer, with the support of the West Point School Board, she facilitated the collecting of local stories that have been added to the "All Together Now" archive, which collects and celebrates personal accounts of the struggle for civil and human rights. Among the stories recorded for posterity are those of West Point residents who participated in the 1952 effort to desegregate West Point's public schools, an action that led to the nationally publicized legal case, Dobbins v. Virginia. This decision was a harbinger of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. the Board of Education that followed two years later and propelled the Civil Rights Movement that came to full flower in the decade of the 1960s.
| Welcome to the web site of the Historical Society of West Point, Virginia. Our goal is to make these pages into a rich repository of information about the history of this small community at the confluence of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers into the York River. (map) Much of this information will consist of memories and personal histories of those who have made up this community, together with pictures of their homes, churches and businesses, and of documents and objects which tell about their lives. Your collaboration and assistance are crucial to the building of this repository. If you have items (pictures, documents, objects to photograph, etc.) that can contribute to the telling of the story of West Point, please contact any of our board members, whose names can be found on our "Contacts" page, or send an email to email@example.com.
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