“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Snow Hill in Wilcox County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute


Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mark Hilton, August 27, 2013
1. Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Marker
Inscription. (obverse)
Snow Hill Institute was founded in 1893 by William James Edwards, a graduate of historic Tuskegee Institute established by Booker T. Washington in 1881.

Snow Hillís lineage extends back to Hampton Institute where Washington and many of Snow Hillís faculty graduated.

The founding of Snow Hill Institute was greatly facilitated by the planter R. O. Simpson who gave Snow Hill Institute its first 100 acres of land in increments of seven (7), thirty-three (33), and sixty (60) acres. He also became the first chairman of the schoolís Board of Trustees.

Edwards was Snow Hill Instituteís Principal from 1893 until 1925 when he resigned because of ill health. This period is generally considered Snow Hill Instituteís Golden Age when it stood in the forefront of the movement to improve rural education for African Americans in Alabamaís Black Belt.
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Snow Hill Institute served as an educational institution until 1972 when it was forced to close due to integration. Harry Sims, Ligon Wilson, Joseph Davis, Major Lightfoot and Zack Z. Brown also served as principals in the schoolís eighty-year history.

Snow Hill Institute was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by
Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mark Hilton, August 27, 2013
2. Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Marker
the United States Department of the Interior on February 24, 1995.
Erected by Snow Hill Institute Board of Trustees.
Location. 32° 1.232′ N, 87° 1.949′ W. Marker is near Snow Hill, Alabama, in Wilcox County. Marker is on Snow Hill Institute Road 0.3 miles north of County Road 26, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pine Apple AL 36768, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Furman National Historic District (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pine Apple Historic District (approx. 10.3 miles away); Downtown Pine Apple (approx. 10.4 miles away); Moore Academy (approx. 10.9 miles away); a different marker also named Pine Apple Historic District (approx. 11.4 miles away); Mount Carmel Church (approx. 12.4 miles away); The Butler Massacre / Fort Bibb (approx. 15.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 28, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
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Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Building Photo, Click for full size
By Mark Hilton, August 27, 2013
3. Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute Building
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 399 times since then. Last updated on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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