FREE PUBLIC SHOWING!
May 28, 2005, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Council of the Valley
|The Legacy of Lucy F. Simms School: Education during
Segregated Times in Virginia is a sixty minute film documentary which
covers the history
of African American education in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County,
VA from the 1800’s, when Lucy F. Simms walked nine miles daily
to teach, to 1966 when the Simms School named in her honor closed.
Photographs, interviews, and reenactments make this film’s rich history come to life and resonate in the souls of its audiences. Students’ special events and clubs are remembered through alumni stories, and interviews with past teachers and students candidly communicate the challenges of education during integration and Jim Crow in a segregated Harrisonburg. Mrs. Barbara Blakey and Mrs. Mary Francis Fairfax give wonderful testimonies of the quality education received by students who attended Lucy F. Simms School in the 50’s and 60’s. Never been seen photographs are also featured. “The film is important to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia communities because it shares the rich heritage of African American history that has happened in the Shenandoah Valley,” said City of Harrisonburg Mayor Larry Rogers. Attending the showing of this film will not only be an educationally entertaining experience, but will continue the legacy of “A Dream Deferred” – one which has become the reality of a quality education for all children in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The film allows today’s Virginia to take an educational and entertaining look at its past.