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Noting the deplorable physical condition of African-American schools in the late 1940s and early 1950s, many school boards throughout the South began building facilities such as this one. This was done in anticipation of or in response to Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka but ultimately only delayed desegregation.
The inscription reads: William Jackson Royal “Uncle Billy” Apr. 16, 1850 – May 24, 1931 – Founder and First President of the Royal Singing Convention – Stalwart in heart, mind and body, gentle, kind, and considerate: his lilting gospel songs thrilled and admonished, lifted and inspired. He loved as he was beloved by the thousands who joined with him here and throughout his native section to sing joyously hymns of praise and petition. Leader, gentleman, and nobleman of God, his spirit and influence will live throughout the ages.