FrancisEmma, Inc. invites you, through this website, to walk gently into the silence of a sacred place. Listen attentively to the ever-emerging narrative that speaks through the Universe story, a story that is 15 billion years old.

We encourage you to look at the beauty of this holy space and ponder the history of the people who lived, worked, and learned on this land.
FrancisEmma, Inc. is a nonprofit organization under the auspices of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

FrancisEmma, Inc. is a nonprofit organization under the auspices of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

FrancisEmma, Inc. calls the human community to “witness to both Earth justice (Ecojustice) and social justice (human justice).

Located on the James River in Powhatan, Virginia this spectacularly beautiful site encompasses 2265 acres of land. A permanent conservation easement of 1000 acres has already been preserved. FrancisEmma is an historic preservation site and a natural preservation site.

In the 1890's St. Katharine Drexel and her sister, Louise Drexel Morrell with her husband Edward Morrell established two significant schools at historic Belmead. St. Francis de Sales High School for girls and St. Emma Military Academy for boys educated 15,000 African American students between 1895 and 1972.


Finally, contemplate the wisdom of both the land and the people by entering into a story traced through time.

We invite you to join us in creating a new story.


FrancisEmma: from Enslavement (40 years a plantation) through Empowerment (80 years a schools) and now into the Era of the Environment.

 


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