Philip Henry Powers is the last Clarke County Educator we will cover in our mini-series, for now, and boy is he an interesting one.
Born April 10, 1828 to William Afton Powers and Alice Maher Saunders, in King and Queen County Virginia, Philip spent his life as an educator, a soldier, a farmer, and a father.
This week, along with our weekly educator profile, we bring you the ugly side to missing or unrecorded information. History is, and has always been, recorded by the winners, the victors, the socio-economic leaders, often to the near complete exclusion of those deemed "the losers." Many historians joke about the prevalence of the "old white man syndrome," the idea that history is written and dominated by old white men (at least in western culture), but it's a real problem. Women, Persons of Color, and most minority groups are generally left out of the narrative, and it makes forming an image of those peoples rather difficult.
The educator chosen for this week is Fannie Jenkins, a Clarke County native and educator, who also happened to be black.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.