Thomas Nelson Community College is Named After a Revolutionary War Hero and Slaveholder. Will It Be Renamed?

In spring 1967, the land that would become the Peninsula’s community college was just a swampy forested tract of land.

A year earlier, Gov. Mills Godwin had signed legislation creating the Virginia Community College System, setting up a system of local boards that eventually led to a network of 23 public two-year colleges across the state.

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