Category Archives: Black History

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.

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.

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church-Augusta, Georgia

This is a photo of an early structure for the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Founded in 1878, the congregation is still active.

Reference photo: Johnson, R. J. (Roman John). (1909). History of Walker Baptist Association of Georgia. Augusta, Ga.: Chronicle Job Print.