Rosenwald School-Edgefield County, South Carolina

I found this photo of a 6-teacher school in Edgefield County in Carter Woodson’s The Rural Negro, but the name of the school was not given, just the county. The Rosenwald Database is down until Summer 2023. According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Edgefield County had two 6-teacher schools, the Edgefield School and the Johnston School. Please let me know if you are able to confirm which one it was.

Reference: Woodson, C. Godwin., Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, i. (1930). The Rural Negro. Washington, D.C.: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, inc.

The Home of Horace M. Bond-Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Horace Mann Bond was an educator and social activist who spent his final years in Atlanta. After serving as president of Lincoln University, he resigned and began serving as the Dean of Education at Atlanta University.

When he first arrived, he lived on Beckwith Street with his wife, Julia, and their three children, Jane, James, and Julian. By 1967, they lived on Lee Street, now Westview Drive.

Sign outside of apartment building

James and Julian ran successful political campaigns from this apartment building. James was a member of the Atlanta City Council. Julian was the head of the NAACP and SNCC. He served in both houses of the Georgia legislature.

Funny ad from the May 1975 Atlanta Constitution

Julia and Horace are buried in Southview Cemetery. Julian was cremated and his ashes were scattered. I am assuming this is a cenotaph, or some of his ashes are buried here, too.

The Mansions of Peachtree Street-Atlanta, Georgia

I often dive into public domain sources to see what exists. If you are in Atlanta, you have likely heard about the “Mansions on Peachtree” and how only a couple of them are left. I thought I would pull together a post about the photos I find in the public domain.

The images below are arranged from downtown to Buckhead.

As I find more images, I will update this post.


Governor’s Mansion

This was the first official governor’s mansion after the capitol was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta. Rufus Bullock was the first governor to reside here. It was located at the intersection of Peachtree St and Cain Street (now Andrew Young International Blvd.) and was used from 1870-1923.


Samuel Inman Place

Samuel Inman and his family lived at 53 Peachtree Street in 1900. This would be where Woodruff Park is between Auburn and Edgewood Avenues.


Austin Leyden Home (photo courtesy of the Atlanta History Center)

The Leyden home was located at 195 Peachtree Street, according to the 1900 Census. It was between Ellis St. and what is now Andrew Young International Blvd. The columns of this home are still in Atlanta. More info about the Leyden Columns can be found here.


Dr. John R. Hopkins Place

This was the home of Dr. John R. Hopkins. According to the 1910 Census Records, he and his family lived at 275 Peachtree Street. This was located at Peachtree Street and E. Baker Street, where the Hyatt Regency is today.


James Henry Porter Place

James Henry Porter was located at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Porter Place. The 1900 Census Address was 330 Peachtree Street.


John W. Grant Home

John W. Grant-1900 Census address is 423 Peachtree Street. It was located on Peachtree Street between Pine and Currier Streets.


Walker P. Inman Place
Another view of the Walker P. Inman Home

Walker P. Inman’s home was at 478 Peachtree Street.


John K. Ottley Home

This home was located at 527 Peachtree Street. This joke was next to North Avenue Presbyterian Church.


William Ellis Home

William Ellis Sr.’s home was located at 547 Peachtree Street which places it just south of Ponce de Leon Avenue.

There is a chance that this could have been William Ellis Jr.’s home which was on North Avenue. The book doesn’t provide me with enough details to narrow it down between father and son.


George Winship Sr. Home

This home was located at 614 Peachtree Street. Today this house would have been located at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 3rd Street.


A. W. Calhoun Home

In 1900, this home was located at 672 Peachtree Street. This house was located at the intersection of 5th Street and Peachtree Street.


Thomas Egleston Home

The Egleston family resided at 759 Peachtree Street.


Judge Henry Tompkins Place

Judge Henry B Tompkins lived in this home at 760 Peachtree Street until his death in 1903. The 1911 Sanborn map does not show a 760 Peachtree, but I put this house between 8th Street and Peachtree Place based on the other house number. His son built a prominent home in Buckhead that still stands today.


Andrew West Home

According to the 1903 Atlanta Phone Directory, this home was located at 789 Peachtree Street. Git’s home was located halfway between 7th and 8th Streets.


Morton Emmons Home

This home was located at 794 Peachtree Street.


William H. Patterson Home

This home was a little trickier to trace, as the 1900 and 1910 census records listed them at two different addresses. The Atlanta directories were searched, and thankfully, the Patterson family had the same address for 1903 and 1904. This home was located at 874 Peachtree Street. This home was between 11th and 12th Streets on the west side of Peachtree.


Aquilla J. Orme Home

This home was located at 915 Peachtree Street. This home was located at 13th Street and Peachtree.


Fleming du Bignon Home

The du Bignon family had homes all across the state. From what I can determine, they lived at 925 Peachtree Street for only a short time.


A. W. Smith Home

The Alexander W. Smith family lived at 954 Peachtree Street. They happen to be the neighbors to the immediate north of the Wimbish family. While the Wimbish home still stands, the Smith family home was demolished years ago.


Jack Spalding Home

This home was located at 958 Peachtree Street which does not appear on the 1911 Sanborn map. Due to the growth along Peachtree Street, house numbers would sometimes change, especially as Peachtree grew north. Based on other homes, I place this house between 14th and 15th Streets.


Edward Brown Home

According to the 1903 Phone Directory, the Browns lived at 968 Peachtree Street. This home was located halfway between 14th and 15th Street.

Dr. J. M. Crawford House

The Crawfords had different addresses in 1900 and 1910. The image was published in 1903. The 1903 Atlanta Phone Directory states the Crawfords listed at “Brookwood.” My assumption is that it must have been one of the first homes in the Brookwood area of Peachtree Street.


Clifford Anderson Home

The Anderson home was listed just as “Peachtree Road“ in the 1903 Atlanta Phone Directory.


Reference: Martin, T. H. (Thomas H.)., Atlanta Chamber of Commerce., Atlanta (Ga.). City Council. (1898). Hand book of the city of Atlanta: A comprehensive review of the city’s commercial, industrial and residential conditions.

Gravure Illustration Company. (1903). Art work of Atlanta, Georgia: published in nine parts. Chicago, Ill.: Gravure Illustration Co.

Simmons Hill School-Brooks County, Georgia

I had no intention of ever posting this photo because it is simply not a good one. I arrived at the abandoned Simmons Hill Elementary School in Brooks County early in the morning. The schoolyard was being used for storage of construction equipment, so there was no good location to get the school.without the equipment.

I visited this school because I knew it was an extant Rosenwald School that had been expanded over the years. Since I just found a photo of the school when it was first a Rosenwald, I thought I would share that photo.

Reference: Georgia. Department of Education. Annual report of the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia …Atlanta, Ga.: State Printer.

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