Virginia Estelle Randolph
Photograph of Virginia Estelle Randolph, courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Library of Virginia honored Virginia Estelle Randolph as one of its Virginia Women in History in 2009.
The Virginia Women in History Digital Trail is made possible by the Library of Virginia and American Evolution: Virginia to America, 1619–2019.
Backstory and Context
In 1915 a new high school for African Americans, the Virginia Randolph County Training School, was constructed in Randolph's honor. In 1930 a larger brick building replaced the original school after a fire destroyed it. In 1924 a girls' dormitory opened, located on three acres purchased by Randolph next to the school, to provide housing for thirty female students. Randolph also took students into her own home. The 1930 census lists fourteen "adopted" sons and daughters, ranging in age from eleven to nineteen, living in her household.
Reprinted with permission of the Library of Virginia.