Abram Mckee Banks – obituary leads to knowledge

I came across an obit that had a photo on it and I took a screen print of it.

obit - A McKee Banks - Nov 1976 - Virginia

Obituary for A. McKee Banks

I looked for a family tree to tell his relates about the obit and photo but I did not find a tree so I created a family tree for Abram, to hold his obit.
I started adding records and one was for a school (1930 census) where he was a student.

I did a search on the name of the school and found lots of information.
Information that I did not know about and would not have looked for, if not for the obit.

So an obituary can lead to new knowledge.
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Here is the text file I created using the information off of the obit.

A McKee Banks
age 74
[Abram Mckee Banks]

born: Abt. 1902

died: Nov 1976 Wednesday
in Bowling Green

wife: Mrs Mary B Banks – Bowling Green [Bowling Green, Caroline, Virginia, USA]

a brother: Rev D. H. Banks – Culpepper

several nieces
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37 years as
vocational agricultural teacher
with Caroline County schools

grad: Virginia State College

past president of Caroline County chapter of the school’s alumni association

burial St John’s Baptist Church cemetery
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Free Lance Star
Nov 26, 1976

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2uRLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HosDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4743%2C3769350
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on this Ancestry dot com tree:
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/162508008/person/202115861888/facts
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obit - A McKee Banks - Nov 1976 - Virginia

Obituary for A. McKee Banks

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1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Abram Mc Banks
Birth Year: abt 1903
Gender: Male
Race: Negro (Black)
Birthplace: Virginia
Marital status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Pupil
Home in 1930: Matoaca, Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
Map of Home: View Map
institution: Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute
Family Number: 15
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father’s Birthplace: Virginia
Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Abram Mc Banks 27
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The 1930 school called: “Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute”  was later renamed to:

Abram McKee Banks - school - blog
a link result to search for “Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/virginia-state-university-1882/


Abram McKee Banks - school 2 - blog

another web site: http://www.vsu.edu/about/history/history-vsu.php


I did a search and found many for sites with information about the school.

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS709US725&ei=HDAvXfqqFYSDtQaZlZ3YCg&q=Virginia+Normal+and+Industrial+Institute&oq=Virginia+Normal+and+Industrial+Institute&gs_l=psy-ab.12…0.0..32542…0.0..0.0.0…….0……gws-wiz.yt-hYeAqkVU
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I hope this post will give you information that you can use for your own family tree.

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston and Covert, Michigan