Category Archives: Schools

Unnamed School, Elbert County

Located in Heardmont, this unnamed school sits next to the Bethel Grove Baptist Church. My assumption is that it is called the Bethel Grove School. I am still looking for info. The church was founded in 1885. This was verified as a school in an oral history project I found online titled, “In Those Days, African American Life near the Savannah River.”

Cohutta African American Civic District, Whitfield County

Located in Cohutta, Georgia, there is a small group of two churches and a school that represent small Black community that lived in this north Georgia town. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation listed it as a Place in Peril. The Andrews Chapel, shown above, was built in 1902 and moved to it’s current location on the edge of downtown in 1923. The building is need of serious repair.

The Old Colored School was built in 1930 and was used until 1953. It was used as a fellowship hall by the two congregations located closest to it.

Kinlaw Rosenwald School, Camden County

In celebration of its 100th year, descendants of students who attended Kinlaw Rosenwald School are restoring this 3-teacher type school. Once the restoration is complete, this school will serve the Kinlaw community for years to come.

When I visited with my friend, Brian, we were lucky enough to meet one of the men helping go restore the building, Marshall Glover. You can read more about the school and donate money by visiting the school’s site.

Historical Harrington School, Glynn County

The Harrington School served the Black communities of St. Simons Island starting in the 1920s. It is not a Rosenwald school, but it is based on the one-teacher type plans. In 2011, it was listed as a Georgia Place in Peril. The community was able to save the building, and it reopened in June 2021.

Girard Elementary School, Burke County

Main entrance

The Girard Elementary School, an equalization school, in Burke County, Georgia was recently put on the National Register of Historic Places. It was one of six schools built to continue segregation in the county, while replacing one and two room schools that were spread throughout the county. This building includes four classrooms, a library, and a cafeteria. It opened in 1955.

Street side
I am assuming this is either the library or cafeteria.
Classroom

Boggs Academy, Burke County

Boggs Academy, now the Boggs Rural Life Center, is a former boarding school that served the Black community of Keysville, Georgia. Founded in 1906 by the Board of Missions for Freedman, Presbyterian Church, it educated students in the grades 9 through 12. The reputation of the school grew, and it educated Black students from all over the country. Closing in 1984, it was the last remaining boarding school built for the education of Black youth.

The campus is quite large and is being restored. These photos show only a few of the buildings in existence.

Poplar Spring School, Fulton County

The Poplar Spring School sits on the grounds of the Poplar Spring United Methodist Church. Built when the church was a part of Campbell County, this is a beautiful example of a one-teacher type school.

The church began in 1867 in a brush arbor. This is at least the third physical structure the church has had in it’s history. You can read more of their history on the chirch’s website. Outside of the church and school, there is a small cemetery and picnic area on the church grounds.

Springfield Log Cabin School, Taliaferro County

Built in 1935, the Springfield Log Cabin School served the Black community in Taliaferro County. It is not a Rosenwald school, but it was built in a similar fashion due to the effectiveness of the different Rosenwald designs.

In 1965, it served as a community as a Freedom School, which educated elementary and high school students to become activists and participate in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation listed it as a Place in Peril in 2019. You can follow restoration and fundraising efforts on the school’s Facebook page.

Tallahassee School, Jeff Davis County

Built in 1925 for $3600, the Tallahassee School in Hazlehurst, Georgia is a two-teacher school in desperate need of attention. While there has been a renewed interest in these schools, this is one where it seems to have been in a similar state for years now. I hope there will be a community effort to save this historical school.

Marian Anderson Library, Pierce County

Originally the Blackshear School

Built in 1925 with Rosenwald funds, the Blackshear School served the Black community of Blackshear, Georgia. After it closed, it became the Marian Anderson Library. At one point, it held a special collection of books and paintings on the African American experience that was eventually moved to the Lee Street Resource Center. I am uncertain when it no longer stopped serving as a library, but it now being used as a storage facility.

Oak Grove School and Church, Hale County

The Oak Grove Church and School sit at the end of a dirt road in Prairieville, Alabama. The school was built in 1925 for the local Black community. Built as a two-teacher school at the cost of $3000, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Randolph School, Harrison County

Built in 1927 for $24,000, this six-teacher type Rosenwald School is in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the school, and it was scheduled for demolition which community organizers rallied to get the building saved and restored. It now serves as a senior center. The day I took this photo the parking lot was full, so I was pleased that it’s a building being used.

It is listed as a Mississippi Landmark.