James Solomon Russell

James Solomon Russell (HM2134)

Location: Boydton, VA 23917 Mecklenburg County
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N 36° 34.386', W 78° 12.217'

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James Solomon Russell was born enslaved on 20
Dec. 1857 on the nearby Hendrick Plantation.
After emancipation, he attended Hampton
Institute and St. Stephen's Normal and Theological
School and was ordained in 1882. As a religious
missionary, Russell established nearly 30 churches.
He also founded the St. Paul Normal and Industrial
Institute (Saint Paul's College) in Lawrenceville
in 1882 and was its principal until 1929. In 1892.
Russell became Archdeacon for Colored Work in
the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Inspired by
Booker T. Washington, he started an annual
farmers' conference in 1904. Russell urged
African Americans to stay out of debt. vote,
and become land owners.
HM NumberHM2134
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 750224 N 4051156
Decimal Degrees36.57310000, -78.20361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 34.386', W 78° 12.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 34' 23.16" N, 78° 12' 13.02" W
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Area Code(s)434
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2024-2212 US-1, Boydton VA 23917, US
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