Area High Schools Install Celebrating Simms Exhibit

Rockingham County Public Schools Coordinator of History and Social Science Education, Mr. Beau Dickenson, has led the way to finalize and install a portion of the Celebrating Simms project as an exhibit in each of the four high schools in Rockingham County.  The project is a modified version of the comprehensive exhibit on the history of Lucy F. Simms, a teacher from the Valley who was born a slave in 1856.  After earning her teaching degree at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University), she returned to the Harrisonburg community and went on to teach an estimated 1,800 African American students at segregated schools during her 56-year career.  Now, area students will have the opportunity to view her message about the value of education and increase their awareness of the history of the Simms School and of Ms. Lucy F. Simms.  The story panels at each of the local high schools were made possible by Bridgewater College and its Florence Johnson Green Education Endowed Fund.

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