Josephine Anderson

Known as the “Mother of Virginia Seminary,” Josephine Anderson served on the committee which purchased the site of the Seminary and witnessed the laying of the cornerstone of Hayes Hall, the first brick building. Anderson was also treasurer of the Seminary’s building fund. Josephine Anderson “mothered” every Seminary president from Dr. Gregory Hayes to President Vernon Johns. She also provided work, food, clothing, and shelter to many Seminary students during the first years of the school.

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