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Mozella Jordan Price (d. July 11, 1971)

Mozella Jordan Price, a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Nelson W. Jordan, was born in Farmville and educated in the Farmville public schools. She also studied at Boydton Institute, Boydton, Virginia, and at Virginia State College. She received a B.S. from Hampton Institute and continued her studies at Teacher’s College of Columbia University in New York City.

In 1919 Mozella Price began her work as supervisor of black schools in Appomattox County, work she continued until her retirement in 1963. During her forty-four years of service she oversaw construction of several Rosenwald schools and encouraged and inspired African American citizens to help meet the needs of the county’s black schoolchildren. She worked to improve race relations and was a strong advocate before the county school board on behalf of black schools. Mrs. Price organized the county teachers into a Health for Victory Club that raised funds for scholarships.

In this photograph of the five Jordan sisters, Mozella Jordan is in the center. Her sister Elizabeth Hayes Jordan, on the far right, attended Virginia Seminary and College and taught English and dramatics at Dunbar High School in Lynchburg.

Courtesy of Geraldine Clark

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