A Student of History

May 25, 2006

Jackson’s ‘colored Sunday school’ class

Filed under: The strange place called the South — John Maass @ 12:49 pm

In the May 6 Washington Times is an article on Stonewall Jackson's pre-Civil War sunday school classes for local blacks in Lexington, Va.  I worked at the Stonewall Jackson House Museum for three or four years back in the 1980s, so this is a special link for me.  "Jackson was an enigma: a poor, uneducated orphan from the mountains of western Virginia who would graduate from West Point; a shy, backward young man who would become a competent debater and professor at Virginia Military Institute; a staunch Calvinist Presbyterian who questioned the doctrine of predestination; and a fearless Confederate Joshua who would teach slaves and free blacks the way of salvation," according to the column.

The place where SJ had the class was the Lexington Presbyterian Church, which suffered a terrible fire in 2000 but was rebuilt. A photo of the church is here.

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