To the Editor:

The James Solomon Russell-Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives has introduced the latest edition of James Solomon Russell’s “Adventure in Faith”. As the museum reflects on the legacy of James Solomon Russell, it has become apparent that many local citizens are unaware of his many contributions to the County of Brunswick and the Town of Lawrenceville. This newly updated edition not only reminds us of his legacy but contains several additions that brings the original publication into the perspective of our current times; it begins by incorporating a powerful message from his great-great grandson, Xavier K. Russell.

Another addition is the inclusion of the long-missing four-page obituary of James Solomon Russell. This is a rare document that includes unseen information about his life that is so revealing. Another of the major additions is that of our current museum which houses an abundance of information and artifacts about James Solomon Russell. The last addition to this updated edition is the inclusion of the Resolution by the Virginia General Assembly proclaiming James Solomon Russell Day on March 28, of each year. The bill was introduced by Delegate Roslyn Tyler and Senator Louise Lucas for which we are grateful. We also thanked Dominion Energy for being a major sponsor of the project.

We are encouraging local citizens to obtain a copy of this newly published book and make it available for all of their descendants, as it reveals all the outstanding accomplishments made by this great pioneer, including founding Saint Paul’s College. Books are available from any board member of the museum or by emailing a request to or by calling (434) 848-2173. The cost of the book is $15. Our current campaign is to extend our reach across the nation since graduates are located in many parts of the country. Your support is always welcome and appreciated.

James Grimstead

Museum Chairman