Powell’s Virginia Industrialization Group Papers Now Online


In 1958, a group of Virginia businessmen informally organized for the  purpose of promoting industrial development in the state.  Their first order of business, however, was to convince Governor Almond to keep the public school system open, and to abandon massive resistance to school desegregation.  They reasoned that businesses were unlikely to move to a state without public schools.

Hunton & Williams business attorney and Richmond School Board Chairman, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., was one of these men, and the portion of his papers documenting the operation of this group is now available online. Included here is correspondence, memoranda and printed materials from 1958-1964.

In 1978, when Justice Powell was serving on the Supreme Court, he convinced one of the founders of the Group, Stuart Saunders, former President of the Norfolk and Western Railroad (and later Chairman of the ill-fated Penn Central Railroad), to write an informal history of the organization.  That document is included here, as well.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s