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Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dorchester Academy

 
 
Dorchester Academy Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 4, 2009
1. Dorchester Academy Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1983 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 089-26.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 48.09′ N, 81° 27.898′ W. Marker is in
Dorchester Academy Marker, left , shares location with Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 4, 2009
2. Dorchester Academy Marker, left , shares location with Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory Marker
Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is on Oglethorpe Highway (U.S. 84) near Lewis Frasier Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory (here, next to this marker); We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 (a few steps from this marker); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Congregational Church 1872 - Present (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of the "Bell" at Dorchester Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Midway.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each markers shown.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Places
 
Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
3. Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory
Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory, side view Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
4. Dorchester Academy Boys Dormitory, side view
Dorchester Academy remains of a water fountain Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, July 8, 2008
5. Dorchester Academy remains of a water fountain
Dorchester Academy sign Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
6. Dorchester Academy sign
Site plan for Dorchester Academy Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
7. Site plan for Dorchester Academy
1970 survey plat of lands of the American Missionary Association/Dorchester Academy.
Dorchester Academy hallway Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
8. Dorchester Academy hallway
inside Moore Hall near the offices of the Dorchester Improvement Association.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,255 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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