As many of you know, the building that now houses MLWGSGIS once housed Maggie Walker High School, an all African-American Richmond public high school with a reputation for academic rigor, community service, and athletic competitiveness. Numerous MWHS graduates have made – and are continuing to make – an impact in a variety of disciplines and professions in their work throughout the U.S. and around the globe, including 1962 graduate, the scholar and sociologist Dr. William Trent who spoke at U of R yesterday. Dr. Trent is currently Professor of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership for the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
But did you know that the tradition of excellence on these grounds extends to yet another institution that once stood at this corner? No doubt nearly all of you have passed the granite marker about Hartshorn Memorial College, but have you stopped to read it and reflect on this part of our Richmond heritage?
As part of Women’s History Month, you can learn more about this history at a talk by Carmen Foster on the 4th floor of VCU’s Cabell Library from 2 to 4pm on March 28. Mrs. Foster gave a similar talk at the Valentine History Center last May. Here’s an image of Hartshorn from the Valentine: