Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current

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Date of Graduation





Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of History


Steven A. Reich

Mollie A. Godfrey

Alexander S. Leidholdt

Seán R. McCarthy


At a critical time in examining the bias of our institutions, the Grace and Leigh Oral History Project is collecting and archiving stories of three educational institutions in Richmond, Virginia. These oral history interviews share personal experiences with race and privilege in Richmond Public Schools, the experiment of the Virginia Governor's School initiative, and the legacy of Maggie Lena Walker. An accompanying contextual essay provides background on the author’s personal connection to the project, relevant historical information, and detailed plans for the future of the project. Currently, the project includes a total of 24 oral history interviews, roughly an hour each in length: 14 with alumni of the Governor’s School at Thomas Jefferson High School, six with alumni and faculty of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and four with alumni of Maggie L. Walker High School. These interviews, along with related visual and written materials, are available to the public at This project is to be presented at the Fall 2020 Honors Symposium at James Madison University on December 11, 2020.



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