Bishop Payne Divinity School

Bishop Payne Divinity School (HM1EM6)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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N 37° 13.39', W 77° 24.35'

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The Bishop Payne Divinity School began here in 1878 at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Normal and Industrial School. For 71 years it prepared black men for the ministry in the church. Giles B. Cooke (1838-1937) headed the vocational school and helped develop the divinity school. In 1884 the school was named after the Rt. Rev. John Payne, the first bishop of Liberia. Prominent students included James Solomon Russell (1857-1935), who founded Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, and George Freeman Bragg Jr. (1853-1940), who became a priest and civil rights advocate. In 1949 the school merged with the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
HM NumberHM1EM6
Marker NumberQA 31
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286548 N 4122341
Decimal Degrees37.22316667, -77.40583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.39', W 77° 24.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 23.40" N, 77° 24' 21.00" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214-222 Halifax St, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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