Category Archives: Black History

Pleasant Hill School-Conyers, Georgia

The schoolhouse sits next to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in the Honey Creek Community of Rockdale County.

Abbeville County Training School-Abbeville, South Carolina

Newly added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1922, the Abbeville County Training School was also known as the Branch Street School. The site is overgrown and difficult to photograph because there are storage buildings in front of the school. There are current plans to turn this into housing and a Black History Museum.

Bishop Henry Y. Tookes House-Jacksonville, Florida

Bishop Henry Y. Tookes served the Florida District of the AME Church. This home was built in 1939. It is one of the remaining residences of a prosperous Black neighborhood known as Sugar Hill. Like many Black neighborhoods around the country, it was ruined by an interstate going through it.

Fabisinski-Hayling House-Lincolnville, Florida

This home in the Lincolnville area of St. Augustine houses can tell the stories of segregation and civil rights. After Brown vs. Board of Education, Southern states did whatever they could to maintain segregation. In Florida, the Fabisinski Committee was led by Judge L. L. Fabisinski, who grew up in the house. They made recommendations to the governor on how to maintain segregation without “officially” breaking federal laws.

In 1964, this became the home of Dr. Robert Hayling. A successful dentist, he was considered the main organizer of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement.