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

Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School

Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 1, 2009
1. Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School Marker Side A
Side A
Named for Union General and Freemenís Bureau Agent Wager Swayne, Swayne College was dedicated 21 April 1869. The Bureau appropriated $10,000 for the building and the local black community purchased 3.5 acres for the site. Future officeholder Elijah Cook submitted the winning location of Union and Grove Streets. The building stood three stories high and was constructed by Henry Duncan with ventilation by Isaac Frazier. George Stanley Pope became the first principal of the school with occupancy in October 1868, and Fisk alumnus Charles Duncan became the first black principal. The American Missionary Association operated the school, and its high standards mirrored the influence of the local Congregationalist church. Swayne contained desk, blackboards, maps and an organ costing $200. With tuition free to local students, it offered coursework in the alphabet, reading and spelling, advanced reading, arithmetic, geography, and writing. Closing in 1937, Swayne College paved the way for black education in Montgomery and was succeeded by Booker T. Washington School.
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Side B
Booker T. Washington School
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Named for one of the nationís premier educators, Booker T. Washington School began through the efforts of an expanding Swayne
Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 1, 2009
2. Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School Marker Side B
College. Its large enrollment forced Swayne officials in 1916 to erect a new building, which they named for the great educator. An even larger enrollment propelled officials in 1925 to add a junior high department with the same name. Three years later, the Montgomery Industrial School, which had been sold to the city, became a part of the junior high department and the site of the first high school. In May 1940, 88 students became the first to graduates, and, in 1948, the old Swayne building was demolished to make way for the new $250,000 high school at Union and Grove Streets. A dedication program was held on 3 April 1949, and an auditorium - gymnasium was added in 1954. Only two principals - Prof. J. A. Edwards, who resigned in May 1942, and former basketball coach and teacher C. T. Smiley, who assumed his duties in September 1942 - served the school. The schoolís nickname was Yellow Jackets and its colors blue and gold. It was known for its excellent faculty, students, school spirit, marching band, and athletic teams.
Erected 2003 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.185′ N, 86° 18.003′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Union Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker
Booker T. Washington School image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, August 1, 2009
3. Booker T. Washington School
is at or near this postal address: 632 South Union Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centennial Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgia Gilmore (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jackson-Community House/The Montgomery City Federation of Womenís Clubs (approx. ľ mile away); South Jackson Street / Victor Hugo Tulane (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marshall J. Moore House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Minister's Home / Dr. Martin Luther King (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Warren Reese House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . .  Booker T. Washington Magnet High School website. (Submitted on March 4, 2010.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,352 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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