February 27, 2024

The Lucy Simms House and Newtown Cemetery

Harrisonburg, VA

Lucy F. Simms was an educator for over 50 years. Born enslaved around 1855, she obtained an education after freedom and attended Hampton Institute at the same time as Booker T. Washington. 

I first heard of her when I visited the chapel at Zenda. (See this marker that I contributed to Historical Marker Database.) In 2020, I shared a mural honoring her in a post here. 

Her house in Harrisonburg is a private residence. She was buried in nearby Newtown cemetery.


  1. Great photos, I like the house and mural.
    Take care, have a great day!

  2. ...a wonderful post for Black History Month.

  3. Amazing accomplishments considering the odds. I glad to know this.

  4. Your cemeteries are so much more open than the ones here

  5. it is great to see black, enslaved women honored in this way!!

  6. Great photos and thanks for the history lesson. It encourages me to learn more.

  7. Your historical posts about Lucy SImms are very interesting. The buildings that are preserved must provide some very good memories of her.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com


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