Riverside School

This is a companion piece to the post on Virginia Chapel AME Church.  The above picture has the caption:  “My School and Church”.  It is written in my grandmother’s hand.  The picture would have been taken after 1928 when a second story was added to the building and before 1949 when the facade of Virginia Chapel changed.  It was taken from the banks of the Tygart Valley River.  The back of the church is on the right side of the school in the picture.  A history of the building can be found on the application for the building to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places:   http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/randolph/09001194.pdf.  In addition, there is a photograph of the building from 2009.

Below are snapshots in which Riverside School serves as a background.  Also, included are commencement programs from 1941 and 1942 and a program from an oratory contest held at the school.  As evidenced by the commencement programs, the history of these Virginia Chapel and Riverside are entwined.  Hopefully they will stand together for many more years.

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