IsabellaGibbons Photos & Videos

13 days ago

Today, we honor Isabella Gibbons, a pioneer educator who established a school for freed people in Charlottesville and dedicated a major part of her life to the education of Black people. . Her life is an example of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Slavery did not keep her from learning to read. With the freedom that emancipation brought, she continued to use her knowledge to teach, inspire, and empower our community. . #BlackHistoryMonth  #IsabellaGibbons #BlackWomenMagic

16 days ago

Abundant Life is celebrating Black History Month with quotes, profiles, and stories of notable people and events that have contributed to our community, nation, and world. Today we feature Charlottesville native Isabella Gibbons, the first African American teacher in Charlottesville. . “Born enslaved during the 1830s, Isabella Gibbons (d. February 3, 1890) learned to read and write despite Virginia's laws that made it extremely difficult for enslaved people to do so. By the 1850s she was owned by a professor at the University of Virginia, where she met William Gibbons, an enslaved man owned by another faculty member. They married early in the 1850s, although their marriage was not recognized by law, and Isabella Gibbons ensured that their children also learned to read. . With the end of the Civil War, formerly enslaved men, women, and children quickly took advantage of the ability to gain an education, and Gibbons established a school for freed people in Charlottesville. A few months later she became an assistant to Anna Gardner, a representative of the New England Freedmen's Aid Society, who came to Charlottesville late in 1865 to open a free school. Gibbons attended Gardner's school while also assisting her and earned a diploma in 1867. An esteemed teacher at one of the society's schools, Gibbons joined the newly established public school system in 1870 and taught in the city's segregated schools for more than fifteen years. She and her husband, a Baptist minister, acquired property and were highly respected members of Charlottesville's African American community. . In 2015, the University of Virginia named its newest dormitory Gibbons House in recognition of the accomplishments of Isabella Gibbons and William Gibbons.” . – Bio courtesy of the Library of Virginia ( . #isabellagibbons #charlottesville #charlottesvilleva #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #africanamericanhistory

5 months ago

Isabella Gibbons, formerly enslaved at UVA, established a school for freed people in Charlottesville in 1866 and taught in the school. Gibbons quote will be engraved onto the stone to remember her accomplishment. #uvamemorial #IsabellaGibbons #howeleryoon

1 year ago

#BHM The #RichmondPlanet credited the @cvillejeffschool for its impact in the @charlottesvilleva #community of #VinegarHill @downtowncville @uva Lawn resident and enslaved laborer #IsabellaGibbons taught here. She will talk about her experience here on April 5th and 6th w/ Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg for the state lunch and Royal 👑 visit! In #Richmond #VA 13 former slaves: James Hayes, James Johnston, E.R. Carter, Walter Fitzhugh, Henry Hucles, Albert Norrell, Benjamin Graves, James Merriweather, Edward Randolph, William Andrews and Reuben Hill, pooled their resources and started #America ‘s oldest #Negro #newspaper The 1st editors of the #Planet were Edmund A. Randolph, a @yale graduate and a native of @williamsburgfamilies a leading politician of his day, whom served as editor- in-chief. James E. Merriwether, an outstanding #educator and civic leader, and E.R. Carter, also prominent in politics, served under Randolph as contributing editors. The Planet took a strong editorial stance against the rumor that the @rvaschools #SchoolBoard was planning to sack the Negro School #Principals : James Hayes, Albert Norell and James Johnston. The School Board was so displeased that @blackmaleedalliance school teachers lost their jobs. Among them, John Mitchell, Jr. Mitchell did not found the #RIC Planet, newspaper "born in the wake of freedom," but under his tenure the Planet gained its well-deserved reputation as a proponent of racial equality and of rights for #AfricanAmericans Born a #slave in Richmond on July 11, 1863, Mitchell was appointed editor of the weekly paper in 1884 at the age of 21. He quickly gained a reputation as a man determined to expose racial injustice wherever it lurked. One writer described him as, "daring to hurl the thunderbolts of truth into the ranks of the wicked." "No stronger race man is known among us," the adulation continued. "Clinging to no party, subserving to no one...” 💯✊🏽 @black_history_ @blackeducatorsnetwork_pgh @blackedtv @blackvoices @blackeducatorsrock @mediablackoutusa @blackhistory at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

1 year ago

#Latepost #FBF #BHM A Dormitory dedicated to a lovely life and legacy #Herstory The enslaved population at @uva fluctuated between 100 and 150 for the years 1830 through 1860. Isabella and William Gibbons were among the several hundred enslaved individuals who toiled at #UVA over the course of its first half-century. #IsabellaGibbons #Hoo taught in the #Charlottesville #VA #434 Freedmen’s #primaryschool from 1865 until sometime between 1886 and her death in 1889. It was also known that she taught her #children to read during #slavery though it was illegal. @educcorner The #NewEngland #FreedmensAidSociety sent Anna Gardner to @charlottesvilleva to start the school where Isabella applied for a position. The #Massachusetts #abolitionist immediately took her on as an aide, and with additional training, hired Gibbons as a #teacher “The former #slave was well spoken, had a sense of personal dignity that earned respect, and had already started to teach others in the community,” the Gibbons report says.“ The sites of the old school and of the #FirstBaptist #Church have retained importance in #Cville “ Martin said. The former school now houses the @cvillejeffschool #Jefferson School #AfricanAmerican #HeritageCenter which provides intergenerational programs that expose new audiences to genealogical, African-American and local #history research. Both were featured locales in the October symposium on “Universities Confronting the Legacy of Slavery.” Walker said the only campus building named after a slave she could find in her research is a dorm at the University of #NorthCarolina #ChapelHill @uncchapelhill The #GeorgeMosesHorton #ResidenceHall named in 2007 for a slave and poet who was the first African-American to publish a book in the South. @aschool_uva @uvaarchaeology @history at Charlottesville, Virginia