Sallie Jones Atkinson

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Sarah Green "Sallie" Jones Atkinson (October 14, 1860 – November 14, 1943) was an American educator.

Atkinson was a native of Dinwiddie County, Virginia,[1] and was born into a family of educators.[2] She and her husband, John Pryor Atkinson, donated land and timber for the construction of a high school in Dinwiddie County in 1911.[3] The school, Sunnyside High School, went on to become the first eight-month rural school to gain accreditation in Virginia.[4] As an educator Atkinson was also known for her support of the local 4-H Club and its students.[5] She was also involved in the fight for women's suffrage in Virginia, serving on a state committee under Governor Andrew Jackson Montague which worked to convince him to allow women the right to vote.[4]

Atkinson died in Dinwiddie County, and was interred in the graveyard of Concord Presbyterian Church in Rawlings, in neighboring Brunswick County.[1] Her name on the marker is given as "Sally".[6]

Atkinson was honored in 1986 by the erection of a historical marker by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Historic Resources; it is located in Dinwiddie County, near the town of McKenney.[4]


  1. ^ a b "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: The Jones Families of Virginia". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Iota State (Va.) (1963). Adventures in Teaching: Pioneer Women Educators and Influential Teachers. Virginia Iota State Organization, Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
  3. ^ Richard Lyon Jones; Dinwiddie County (Va.). Board of Supervisors; Dinwiddie County Historical Book Committee (1976). Dinwiddie County, carrefour of the Commonwealth: a history. Board of Supervisors of Dinwiddie County.
  4. ^ a b c "Sallie Jones Atkinson Historical Marker". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  5. ^ Virginia Four-H Club Letter. Club Department, Extension Division of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. 1937.
  6. ^ "Cemeteries of Brunswick County, Virginia: Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
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