LAWRENCEVILLE - The James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on August 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brunswick County Conference Center (former Saint Paul’s Student Union), 100 Athletic Field Drive, Lawrenceville, Virginia. A program with speakers and music will conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the entrance to the center. The museum is located on the second floor of the center.
At the conclusion of the ceremony a reception will be held and the museum will be open to the public.
The day will begin with a wreath-laying at the Russell family cemetery at the Saint Paul’s Memorial Chapel Cemetery at 10 a.m.
A worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Saint Paul’s Memorial Chapel. The service will be led by Rev. Canon T. Harmon from Washington, D.C.
Also, as part of the grand opening ceremony, five individuals will be inducted into the first class of the James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives Wall of Fame. Each week until the grand opening, one of those individuals will be featured. This week we are featuring Wall of Fame honoree Christine Davis Easterling.
Easterling was born in Blackstone to Harriett and Lynwood Davis, Jr. She received her early education in the Nottoway school system, and graduated from the Luther H. Foster High School in 1958. She attended Saint Paul’s College and was very involved in drama, AKA activities, and many others. She graduated in 1962 with a BS degree in Business Education and furthered her education at Howard University, receiving a master’s degree in Public School Administration in 1969. She received another master’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia in 1979 in Curriculum Development. She also pursued additional doctorial work at George Washington University.
Easterling entered the DC educational system, and for thirty years brought professional development to the District of Columbia in the field of education. Her activities included: Vice-Principal-District of Columbia Public Schools, Director of The Teaching Professions Academy, and President of the DC Retired Educators Association.
She authored four books; Inspirational Treasures: Essays by Educators and the Students Reflecting the Joy of Teaching, A Giant for Justice: Inspirational Biography of William H. Simons, You Can Move Your Mountain-Moving Faith, and Miracles of Jesus.
She was presented the Theta Omega Wilma Tootle Award, the Regional Authors Award, the Margorie Holloman Award, many AKA awards, the State Vice-Principal of the Year Award, the National Association of School Administrators Award, the National Education Association “Teacher of the Year” Award, the American Business Women’s Association Speaker’s Award, the National Association of Secondary School Principals Accommodation, the President’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching, and the Saint Paul’s College Awesome Recognition Award.
Easterling, now retired, received the Dean of Standard Leadership Schools certification with the National Baptist Convention, and the First Baptist Church in Northwest, developing many inspirational programs.
The James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives has partnered with the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors and has relocated from the old school board office building to the new location at the conference center. The museum is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization and contributions can be sent to the JSR-SPC Museum and Archives, Inc. P. O. Box 551, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868. Further information is also available at www.jsrussell.org or www.spcmuseum.org.
The James Solomon Russell – Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives mission is to collect, organize, preserve, and promote access to its collections of archival records, books printed materials, photographs, artifacts and other items related to the life of James Solomon Russell, history of Saint Paul’s College and James Solomon Russell High School, for the use by researchers, students, professionals, alumni and the general public.