Cornland School Foundation

Learn more about the architecture of the Cornland School building.

The Foundation has the best source for information about the school ā€” its former students. Read more about their experiences attending the Cornland School. 

In order to provide a greater historical context for the school and its history, we are compiling information about the history of the areas surrounding the school.Coming soon!

Prior to the Civil War, white public schools had been in existence for sixteen years. In contrast, the early African American schools did not even begin until after the Civil War and had little to no public funding.

We are continuing to learn more about the history of the school through interviews with alumni and historic researchThe above photo is not the current Cornland School, however, the gentleman in the photo is A.J.J. Sykes who later taught at Cornland School.


Restore, preserve, empower

The Cornland School is the only known remaining pre-Rosenwald African American school in the lower Tidewater region. This 1902 structure was used as a colored school until 1952, when the Norfolk County School Board consolidated Cornland with several other schools and permanently closed the Cornland School.

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" I had to walk about maybe seven miles and my feet would get so cold and my hands especially would get so cold and Iā€™d raise my hands up to the sun ... believing that the sun would warm my hands up."

Verna Gordon, Cornland School Alumna