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Liberty Co - "Dorchester Academy" - Midway, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 31° 48.089 W 081° 27.901
17R E 455982 N 3518526
Quick Description: The Dorchester Academy was started in 1870. This building was built in 1874. It is located at 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 6:29:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM6CJ5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 2

Long Description:
DORCHESTER ACADEMY
Formal education of blacks started with the Freedmen's Bureau in Liberty County. The Homestead School was continued with the aid of the American Missionary Association (AMA) and support of Reconstruction legislator William A. Golding. The AMA started with one acre of land and 77 students in 1870. In 1874, the Reverend Floyd Snelson succeeded Golding at the school. The AMA and Snelson built a new school and named it Dorchester Academy in honor of its Puritan lineage. In 1890, Dorchester Academy started a boarding school. By 1917, the school had eight frame buildings on 103 acres, 300 students, and become a fully accredited high school.

The academic program ceased in 1940, with the construction of a consolidated public school for black youth at Riceboro. All academic equipment plus $8,000 were transferrred toward that consolidation. Since, the facilities have served the community under the title Dorchester Cooperative Center, Inc. AMA continues financial support.
089-26 Georgia   Historical   Commission 1983
Type of Marker: Building

Marker #: 089-26

Date: 1983

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Commission

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