Tag Archives: South Georgia Schools

Midville High School

This was likely built in the 1910s or 1920s. The keystone arch displays the letters M H S.


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Filed under --BURKE COUNTY GA--, Midville GA

North Cook Elementary School Gymnasium, Lenox

Darrell Bennett writes: The gym wasn’t green at the time the school was in use. After the consolidation, the gym was used by the community. It was at this time it was painted.


Filed under --COOK COUNTY GA--, Lenox GA

Richland Elementary & High School, Circa 1933

According to Mac Moye, the first school on this site was built in 1888-1889. The second school was built in 1901 and burned in 1931. This structure was built and occupied by 1933. Much of the identification and background on Richland comes from Mac, an excellent local historian who also serves as Stewart County Manager.

Richland Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --STEWART COUNTY GA--, Richland GA

Furlow Grammar School, 1914, Americus

The Furlow Female College originally stood on this site and after being closed was used as the first public school in Americus, beginning in 1880. It was replaced by this structure, known as the Furlow Grammar School, in 1914.

My friend Joan Holloway shared this treasure and if I understand her correctly, this photograph is Mrs. Glenn’s First Grade class, dressed for what Joan called  “Tacky Day”. She notes she was the girl standing in the front row, with white gloves. Joan notes: I attended first and second grades at Furlow. I started after my sister was born in Savannah in October 1944. Mrs. Glenn was my teacher. Then the next year 1944-45 I was in Miss Klebe Kemp’s second grade. The summer of 1945 we moved back to Savannah. Note all the open windows-air conditioning wasn’t known back then..

We were living in Americus in Sep 1943 but the school didn’t want me to be enrolled until I “grew some more.”  The next school year my mom was expecting and we  returned to Savannah in order for my grandmother to help my mom after she gave birth to my sister.  (In those days women stayed in bed for about 30 days after they gave birth.)
I actually attended 38th Street School here in Savannah until mom and baby could safely ride the train home.  Furlow School then let me transfer in when we returned to Americus. 
Americus was a great little town.  I have lots of fond memories of living there.  We first lived at 201 East Hill Street.   My favorite thing to do there was walk barefoot in the soft red clay after a summer rain. It would be so much fun to feel soft, cool clay squishing up between my toes again!  The following day my brother and I would stand in our then hardened footprints.
I really enjoy your photos of Americus.  The Lee Street House was the second House we lived in there.  Did you know that house has 3 backyards!  During the war four families lived in it.  The Lees and Hendricks lived downstairs and my family (Thomas) and a young childless couple lived upstairs.  I think their name was Hollis.  They were crazy about my little sister and she called him “Holly.”  
Two old aunts of a well-known war reporter lived next door (to your right as you look at the house).  I remember he was married in their backyard and I watched the ceremony from a window.  It was the first wedding I ever “attended.”

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Americus GA

Morven School, 1915

A marker placed by the Morven School Alumni Association in 2002 gives insight to the institution’s history: Home schooling prevailed in Morven District among early families. After 1865, small academies were supported by private means, with limited public funds. Morven Academy, founded by Dr. Robert Hitch, had local and boarding students for twenty years. Other small schools were merged with it to from the Morven School about 1900, located about two hundred yards to the east on Mill Pond Creek. It was replaced by the two-story brick building in 1914-15, financed by a bond issue. The north wing was added about 1923…In 1935-36 a one-story brick building to the south was erected…The high school closed in 1959…Alumni have worked to restore and adapt the buildings to community uses since 1995.

It has been nicely restored and now houses City Hall and government offices.

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Filed under --BROOKS COUNTY GA--, Morven GA

Minton School, 1950s, Anderson City

The earliest reference I can find for this school is 1954; it likely dates to that time, if not a few years earlier.


Filed under --WORTH COUNTY GA--, Anderson City GA

Gillespie-Selden Institute, Cordele

President’s Home, Circa 1925, Gillespie-Selden Institute

The origins of this important landmark of African-American educational history in South Georgia can be traced to Dr. Augustus S. Clark and the St. Paul Presbyterian Church. The first facilities of the school were three wood-framed buildings, built through a gift of the Gillespie family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1903, and named the Gillespie Normal School in their honor. The first two structures pictured here were built when it was still known as the Gillespie Normal School.

Girls Dormitory, 1929, Gillespie-Selden Institute

In 1933, the school merged with the Selden Institute in Brunswick and the name was changed to the Gillespie-Selden Institute. Over the years, students came from as far away as New York and New Jersey. The Institute closed in 1956 due to citywide consolidation.

Administration Building, 1937, Gillespie-Selden Institute

A hospital was built in 1923 and named for its benefactor, Charles Helms. It was a vital part of the institute. (It is still standing but not pictured here; I will add a photograph later). At the time, the nearest hospital for blacks was in Atlanta. Selden Cottage, pictured below, was a school for nurses, associated with the hospital.

Selden Cottage, 1949, Gillespie-Selden Institute

This neighborhood, and particularly the remaining facilities of the Institute, represent a significant resource of a progressive African-American community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Preliminary efforts to document and preserve the site have been made, but I’m unsure as to their present status.

Gillespie-Selden Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --CRISP COUNTY GA--, Cordele GA