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St. Clare Walker, DAW Theatre named to Landmarks Register

Two Middle Peninsula sites—the St. Clare Walker School Complex in Middlesex County and the DAW Theatre in Tappahannock—are among the 10 that were recently placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The Commonwealth’s Board of Historic Resources approved the Virginia Landmarks Register listings during its quarterly public meeting on March 21 in Richmond. VLR is the commonwealth’s official list of places of historic, architectural, archaeological and cultural significance.

The St. Clare Walker School District in Middlesex comprises the campuses of two historic schools that served Black students during Jim Crow segregation in Virginia’s public education system. The local Black community’s grassroots movement to create better educational opportunities for their children—an initiative shepherded by prominent local educator John Henry St. Clare Walker—led to the establishment of St. Clare Walker High School, which operated from 1939 to 1969, and Rappahannock Central Elementary School,...

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