The Papers of Carrie Bragg Campbell, 1890 Carrie Bragg Campbell 1991-66

The Papers of Carrie Bragg Campbell, 1890

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Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number 1991-66


Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University

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Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University
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The Carrie Bragg Campbell Papers, 1890
Physical Characteristics
1 item, 11 leaves
Carrie Bragg Campbell
A hand written history of the Saint Stephens Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia. The paper was written by Carrie Bragg Campbell who is considered the mother of the church. Acc.#1991-66

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Preferred Citation

The Carrie Bragg Campbell Papers, Accession #1991-66, Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.

Biographical/Historical Information

Carrie Bragg Campbell was one of several children born to George Freeman Bragg Sr. and Mary Bragg of Warrington, North Carolina. She was born in Petersburg, Virginia. In 1865, Miss Bragg entered the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, in 1883 she was listed as being enrolled in the teacher training department.

From the very beginning of the University, music was included in the curriculum. When the person who had been offered the position of music teacher declined to come to Petersburg, the Board selected Miss Bragg who had extensive musical training. She began teaching vocal, piano, and organ in her senior year 1885. After graduation Miss Bragg continued to teach at the University, until she resigned in 1888, and, in 1890 she married Mr. Roger P. Campbell a local barber.

Mrs. Campbell continued to teach music and piano lessons in Petersburg well into the twentieth century.

Scope and Content Information

At first person account of the establishment of the first African American Episcopal Church in Virginia. Early information on church members, leaders, and finances. Carrie Bragg Campbell was considered by many as the Mother of "Saint Stephens Episcopal Church."

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
"An Accurate, Early History of St. Stephens Church," 1890
1 item, 11 leaves.