“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Locust Grove in Henry County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Locust Grove Institute

1894 - 1929

Locust Grove Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 1, 2009
1. Locust Grove Institute Marker
Inscription. Born in 1894 of a community mass meeting called for the purpose by B. J.W. Graham, Pastor of the Locust Grove Baptist Church, Locust Grove Institute was started as a coeducational school by the citizens of Locust Grove who gave the land and an initial $2,000, which was matched by the Flint River Baptist Association. It opened November 1, 1894 with 13 pupils, Y.E. Bargeron as Principal. Claude Gray, native of Butts County, one of the great educators of his day, was President from 1897 to 1928.

Supported largely by the Flint River Association assisted by other Associations under a representative Board of Trustees, it was taken over by the Georgia Baptist Convention in 1917. Under Mr. and Mrs. Gray and an able faculty, this short-lived institution rose to a leading position in Southern education and was among the first to be accredited by the Southern Education Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Discontinued in 1929 because of diminishing patronage and support resulting from the large expansion of public education, Locust Grove Institute lives in the minds, hearts, and accomplishments of hundreds of graduates.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 075-8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the
Locust Grove Institute Today image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 1, 2009
2. Locust Grove Institute Today
Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 21.152′ N, 84° 6.774′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Georgia, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 23 and School Drive, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 23. Click for map. US Highway 23 is also Georgia Highway 42. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3644 Highway 42 S, Locust Grove GA 30248, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The March to the Sea (approx. 2 miles away); Ringold Community (approx. 5.4 miles away); Henry County (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Right Wing at McDonough (approx. 7.5 miles away); Butts County (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Right Wing at Jackson (approx. 9.3 miles away); Crossing the Ocmulgee (approx. 9.3 miles away); Butts County Confederate Monument (approx. 9.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker stands at the road, in front of the former Locust Grove Institute, now the Locust Grove Municipal Complex.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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