Apr. 14, 2015.
Interim Minister for Social Justice John Monroe found this photo and descriptions in the UUCF archives.
“In 1955 or 56, this church began to look at what lay ahead for school children, black and white. We realized that they did not know each other at all, and it was possible that a school might have only two or three black students attending, who would naturally feel very conspicuous, very lonely and scared.
“So we did two things. At this time we had no minister, and of course no building. We began a summer day camp to last two weeks, and to be open to black and white children. It was run by volunteers and continued for quite a few years, every summer.
“And, we started a troop of Brownie Scouts, #339; we think the first integrated troop in Virginia. The black and white little girls soon found that they played different games, and did not always understand each other’s speech. Cultural differences were already deep at 7 years of age.”