Virginia L. Murray

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Virginia L. Murray

Virginia L. Murray (1897-1959) was an African-American woman who grew up in Virginia and attended both Howard University and New York University. She became the first female African-American supervisor of education in Albemarle County. She served as Supervisor of Elementary Education.[1]

Virginia L. Murray Elementary was named in her honor and built in 1960 as a school for the African-American community living around Ivy.[1] The name of the school is being reconsidered in 2021. [2]

According to the school's website, Murray "dedicated her life to the academic and religious education of her pupils, continually seeking improvement and quality in the public school system."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved 28 Nov. 2010.
  2. Web. Community survey released for Murray Elementary name review, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 3, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.