Preserving Pocahontas

Greenbrier Hill School – 1964

Celebrating Black History Month: Prior to desegregation, black students in Marlinton attended the Greenbrier Hill School which was built about 1917. The teachers there through the years were Rev. Goodwin, Edna Knapper, Jessie Mitchell, Cora Davis, Emma Brinkley, Mr. Ellis, Ida Choice, Sydney Goodwin and Marie Goodwin. At one time, Mrs. Edna Knapper was the only teacher in Pocahontas County with a Master’s Degree. By 1966 all of the schools in the county had been integrated, and the Greenbrier Hill School was closed. The building still stands overlooking the Greenbrier River and has been privately owned since 1973. Pocahontas Co. Historical Society Collection, ID: PHS003450

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