In celebration of Black History Month, take a minute to learn about a Harrisonburg hero and namesake of the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center in Northeast Harrisonburg, Miss Lucy F. Simms! Born a slave in 1856, Ms. Simms eventually brought her education from the Hampton Institute back to the community here, eventually teaching over 1,800 pupils over 3 generations. One admirer commented in 1929: “When you see Miss Simms for yourself and at the same time dwell upon her record of years of service, you will wonder, perhaps become a bit envious, and say to yourself, “How does she do it? How does one stay so young?” Thank you Lucy Simms, and happy Black History Month!

In celebration of Black History Month, take a minute to learn about a Harrisonburg hero and namesake of the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center in Northeast Harrisonburg, Miss Lucy F. Simms! Born a slave in 1856, Ms. Simms eventually brought her education from the Hampton Institute back to the community here, eventually teaching over 1,800 pupils over 3 generations. One admirer commented in 1929: “When you see Miss Simms for yourself and at the same time dwell upon her record of years of service, you will wonder, perhaps become a bit envious, and say to yourself, “How does she do it? How does one stay so young?” Thank you Lucy Simms, and happy Black History Month!

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