In 1963 Virginia Governor Albertis Harrison at a press conference announced that the children of Prince Edward County would return to school in the fall, a privately financed school would function for one year in an effort to assess the damage of the previous four years without public education. The Governor announced the formation of the Prince Edward County Free School. Seen here are the trustees. The members of the board of trustees were: sitting left to right Dr. Robert P. Daniel President of Virginia State College, Virginia Governor the Hon. Colgate W. Darden Jr., served as chair, Dr. Fred B. Cole President of Washington and Lee University, standing Dr. Earl H. McClenney President of Saint Pauls College, Dr. F.D.G. Ribble retired dean of University of Virginia law school and Dr. Thomas H. Henderson President of Virginia Union University.

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