Centennial Celebration

 Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. – Walks in the Shoes of his Great Ancestors

Founder & President

The guest speaker at the Centennial celebration of Second Union School was Kenneth Morris, Jr.   

Mr. Morris descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.  

Listen to his speech

"One Million Abolitionists" Project

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), led by Kenneth Morris, Jr., introduces a project called, One Million Abolitionists. To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, FDFI will print one million hardcover copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and give them to young people all across the country. Then they’ll ask the readers of this special Bicentennial Edition to create service projects to address an urgent social justice issue present in their community. FDFI would like to see one million young people working toward equality in the spirit of Frederick Douglass. The Library of Congress named the Narrative one of the 88 Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography became an instant bestseller putting his life in danger since he had escaped slavery just seven years earlier. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has been changing the lives of readers ever since. SURSM is joining the Frederick Douglas Family Initiative. One Million Abolitionists project was launched at the Library of Congress! View the video http://on.wusa9.com/2lXHNDS.

Below is the information for ordering books! Copies of these books will also be in our museum! 


Book on Sale at SURSM

We have several copies of  this book for sale. All funds will be used to support our scholarships! Please email us for more information.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Elizabeth Cullinan


 For the past two years, Elizabeth served as an EMT with the Hadensville Fire-Rescue Squad. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in the fall and become a Registered Nurse.  After working for few years, Elizabeth wants to attend graduate school. Her goal is to earn a master’s degree in nursing and become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Daneka Fowler


 In the fall, Daneka plans to attend Radford University. She plans to major in biology and apply to medical school.

2019 Board of Directors and Officers


Calvin Hopkins, President

Mary Turner-Day, Vice President

Lil Tyler, Secretary

Julia Price, Assistant Secretary

Louise Chapman, Treasurer

Christopher Thurston, Assistant Treasurer

Ella Helms

Mattie Harris Johnson

Rush Pace

Deloris Shelton

Gail Smith

2019 New Board members

During our Annual Meeting on December 8, 2108, two new members were added to our Board, Ella Helms  and Mattie Harris Johnson. We are excited as we make plans to expand our commitment to the community!