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Lucy F. Simms School (Harrisonburg, Va.)

Works: 10 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 13 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Interviews  Biography 
Classifications: LD7501.H3776,
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Publications about Lucy F. Simms School (Harrisonburg, Va.)
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    Legacy of Lucy F. Simms School : education during segregated times in Virginia ( visu )
    2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    "The Legacy of Lucy F. Simms School: Education during Segregated Times in Virginia is a sixty minute film documentary which covers the history of African American education in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, VA, from the 1800's, when Lucy F. Simms walked nine miles daily to teach to 1966 when the Simms School named in her honor closed. Photographs, interviews, and reenactments make the film's rich history come to life and resonate in the souls of its audiences. Students' special events and clubs are remembered through alumni stories, and interviews with past teachers and students candidly communicate the challenges of education during integration and Jim Crow in a segregated Harrisonburg. Mrs. Barbara Blakey and Mrs. Mary Francis Fairfax give wonderful testimonies of the quality education received by students who attended the Lucy F. Simms School in the 50's and 60's. Never been seen photographs are also featured. "The film is important to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, communities because it shares the rich heritage of African American history that has happened in the Shenandoah Valley," said City of Harrisonburg Mayor Larry Rogers. Attending the showing of this film will not only be an educationally entertaining experience, but will continue the legacy of "A Dream Deferred"--One which has become the reality of a quality education for all children in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The film allows today's Virginia to take an educational and entertaining look at its past." -- From production company web site, 9/21/2005
    Oral history interview by Elon Rhodes( Sound Recording )
    2 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
    Records the reminiscences of Elon Rhodes, a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg, Va. Recounts his early family life and his experiences as a student in Simms' first grade class at the Effinger Street School (ca. 1928), and his subsequent high school graduation from that same school in 1939. Describes Simms' teaching technique and classroom demeanor, as well as the physical layout of the school building. Mentions the Lucy F. Simms school building, which opened the year he graduated from Effinger Street, in 1939. Briefly mentions the Effinger Street School's principal, William Harris, who would hold the same position at the Simms School. Describes race relations in Harrisonburg, as well as the changing demographic and social structure of the city over several decades. Touches briefly on his service in a segregated Army unit in World War II and his subsequent entry into Harrisonburg municipal government upon his return from the war. Discusses his two terms on the school board and his two years as the vice-mayor of Harrisonburg
    Oral history interview by James Curry( Sound Recording )
    1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Records the reminiscences of Mr. James Curry of Harrisonburg, Va., custodian of Spotswood Elementary School and first black deacon of the Mennonite Church in Va. Describes childhood including life on the farm, discipline of children, education (Effinger and Lucy Simms schools), childhood games; his family; black churches including the Broad Street Mennonite Church, Pleasant Hill AME Church; black communities (Port Republic, Bridgewater, Red Hill in Harrisonburg); black businesses (carpenter shop, taxi business, the candy man/Dixie Williams' Store), professional teachers (Lucy Simms, Jeannie Francis) and doctors (Dr. Dickerson and the flu epidemic); home remedies; Madison College as a women's school; Harrisonburg as a small town (ex. watching horses being driven thru town, brick/cobblestone streets); reminiscences of WWI (changing of German St. to Liberty St.) and WW II (rationing, black soldiers); and general relations between blacks and whites
    African Americans in Harrisonburg : transcripts and other printed materials for a set of oral history tapes by Inez Ramsey( Archival Material )
    in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Newspaper articles include: "Earl Johnson," from AFRO Magazine, Nov. 21, 1953, "R.E. Johnson dies; former Olympian" (Harrisonburg, Va. Daily News-Record , n.d.); "Mr. Harris has 93rd birthday, " retired principal of Lucy Simms School (H'burg Daily News-Record , n.d.); "Simms School, " (H'burg Daily News-Record, Aug. 22, 1978); "Despite segregation law, 'people were kind', " by Chris Simmons (H'burg Daily News-Record, Thurs., July 3, 1980); "Roberta Webb, a Valley treasure: black educator lived her religion, " (H'burg Daily News-Record, Tues., Feb. 7, 1995)
    Oral history interviews by Nickens( Sound Recording )
    in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Willie Nickens (b. 1895) of Harrisonburg, Va., school teacher and maid for twenty years at Madison College. Describes childhood incl. experiences driving cattle thru town for Siebert family; "switching" (discipline); riding horses, downtown stable, local race track; roller skating, double decker sleds; bear and snake stories, fortune telling by Bob Rawls, the half-breed Indian blacksmith; heating with pot bellied stoves, lighting by kerosene lamps; early education (Effinger, Lucy Simms schools -- knew about Tin Cup Alley school, teachers Fannie Wilson, L. Simms and brother), training at Hampton Institute and meeting President Taft; cooking (quince honey, apple butter); gardening; home remedies; Madison College (Newman farms, first men on campus, soldiers, three sorority houses at Fine Arts bldg. where she was maid); stories of Indians in Bath County where her mother was born, also in Rockingham County (dug a tunnel from Hilltop to spring at Court Square in Harrisonburg); Red Hill and Zenda; churches (AME church and the missionary from Africa, John Wesley Methodist Church, Rev. Ronald Colley); Court days; various town personalities and black businesses (barber shops, black restaurant owner, first black policeman, Joseph Williams, the Olympian, R. Earl Johnson); her family (incl. story of her mother, born into slavery -- father the master, later escaped and caught), her children; mixed race families, voting privileges; and relations between blacks and whites over the years
    Oral history interview by Curry( Sound Recording )
    1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Peggy Curry of Harrisonburg, Va., wife of James Curry. Describes childhood including education (Effinger and Lucy Simms schools), busing of black children from surrounding areas including Elkton, McGaheysville, Grottoes to Harrisonburg), teachers, special days at school, black basketball team; Madison College (May Day); home remedies; segregation (swimming); and the free black community at Zenda
    Lucy Simms oral history : background paper and transcripts by Wondwossen Getachew( Archival Material )
    1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Background paper includes a brief biography of Lucy Simms, African American educator, from Harrisonburg, Va. Sets of oral history transcripts include the recollections of Mrs. Carlotta Harris, Mr. Edgar Johnson and wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina Johnson, Louise Winston, former students of Lucy Simms, and Mr. Elon Rhodes, current owner of the Lucy Simms house
    Oral history interview by Edgar Johnson( Sound Recording )
    1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    Records the reminiscences of Edgar Johnson, Wilhelmina Johnson, and Louise Winston, three former students of Lucy Simms at the Effinger Street School. Describes Simms' teaching style and her standing in the community. Includes a brief physical description of the Effinger Street School, as well as the Lucy F. Simms School, where all three students were transferred in 1939. Refers to Mary Fairfax, who taught at the Simms School. Discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes to Harrisonburg's African American neighborhoods after a major redevelopment project in the 1940s
    Harter undocumented deeds : an exhibit on the history of Harrisonburg's African-American community by Dale F Harter( file )
    in English and held by 1 library worldwide
    This collection consists of items on display for an exhibit at the Warren-Sipe Museum of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society (Va.) in the autumn of 1991. The exhibit, entitled "Undocumented deeds: an exhibit on the history of Harrisonburg's African-American community," was compiled by Dale F. Harter and pertains largely to the time period from 1930 to 1985. Most of the items on display were on loan; this collection contains copies of the loan contracts. The collection also includes a chronological history of the community by Harter
    Oral history interview ( Sound Recording )
    in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
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