Aug. 10, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Today, Chesterfield County commemorated a piece of the county’s rich history with a marker dedication ceremony at the historic Midlothian Elementary School.
Completed in 1946, the brick Midlothian Elementary School, located at 13801 Westfield Road, Midlothian, served students from the communities of Brown Grove, Hallsboro, Midlothian, Mt. Nebo, Robious, Spring Creek and Winterpock until 1969, when Chesterfield County desegregated its schools. Renamed Watkins Annex, the building is currently home to the Lifelong Learning Institute.
Deja Williams, a student at Thomas Dale High School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 635, submitted the idea for the Midlothian Elementary School historic marker as her Gold Award project after working with Audrey M. Ross, a member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee and the historian of First Baptist Church of Midlothian’s History Committee.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement made by Girl Scouts and is completed during the scout’s high school years. This award is given to a scout who conceives of a project that will make a lasting impact on her community.