VCU English Graduate Student, a Teacher at Richmond’s John Marshall High School, Digs into the School’s Past

June 8, 2020

 She decided to study the history of her school — which opened in 1909 — and its current site, which was part of the extended grounds of an open-air hospital for people with tuberculosis at the turn of the century and a smallpox quarantine zone following the Civil War.

“I’ve always been fascinated with history and the way that it is intertwined with English,” MacRae admits. “I was inspired by how much history is in the building and how little my students knew about the school’s role in history.”

For more information and details on MacRae's MA directed study project and the history it unearthed, please see the article in VCU News.