Rebecca Fuller McGinness

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Rebecca McGinness was born on November 5, 1892.[1] She attended Hampton University and was an influential member of the First Baptist Church.[2] She died in 2000 at the age of 107.[3]

The Lugo-McGinness Academy is named in her honor.[4]

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Personal Life

Rebecca McGinness was born and raised in the same house on Fifth St. & Dice with her brother and sister. Her father was a carpenter and her mother took in laundry from UVA students. She married at the age of 23 and taught at the Jefferson School from 1915 until 1960.[5]

Oral History

In October, 1986, McGinness was interviewed as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society's Oral History project. The following is her interview in which she describes her life in Charlottesville and the changes she witnessed during her life.[5]

1986 Interview with Rebecca McGinness (mp3)


  1. Web. Dr. Rebecca McGinnis' Memories of Jim Crow Charlottesville, retrieved June 12, 2012.
  2. Edwards, Pat. "History Read." np. First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA. 29 May 2012. Lecture.
  3. Bryant, Florence Coleman and Doren William. "Rebecca Fuller McGinness: A Lifetime, 1892-2000". Charlottesville, VA: Van Doren, 2001. Print.
  4. Web. Local academy provides alternative for at-risk youth, Lacey Naff, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 17, 2014, retrieved December 12, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 McGinness, Rebecca F. "Albemarle County Historical Society Oral History - Rebecca McGinness." Personal interview. 15 Oct. 1986.

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