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First Black Public School
N 32° 28.170 W 084° 59.516
16S E 688716 N 3594253
Quick Description: This Marker Stands on the west side of the 1200 block of 1st. Ave in Columbus, Georgia
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 7:52:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM4FDG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 33

Long Description:
The text on the marker is as follows:

First Black Public School

Near here, in July 1872, the first local public school for black students opened. The school was the result of an action by the City Council directing the Trustees of the Columbus Public Schools to set up classes for blacks. For the first of these, the trustees rented Temperance Hall, built in 1849. Until the 1871 opening of the Springer Opera House, this had been the city’s foremost theater. On its stage had appeared many of the opera, music and theater greats of the era. Among them was John Wilkes Booth. The school operated here until 1874 when it was moved to the former AME church on Sixth Avenue.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Muscogee County School District - 1990

The building mentioned on this marker no longer exists and the area is now involved in various urban renewal projects involving the restoration of the facades and changes in primary use of the buldings located along this block of 1st. Avenue.
Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: None

Date: 1990

Sponsor: Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Muscogee County School District

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