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Glenwood Elementary and High School

 
 
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
1. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker
Inscription. Glenwood Elementary and High School was established in 1951 as one of Georgia’s first public consolidated schools for African Americans. Part of a statewide equalization effort to improve school buildings and preserve segregation, Glenwood became the only public school for black students in Barrow County, consolidating several smaller rural schools including Bethlehem, Tanner's Bridge, Fairfield, and Bush Chapel. Through academics and extra-curricular activities like chorus and drama Glenwood inspired community pride. LaFar Dupree Sims served as the school's only principal and helped guide Glenwood and the community through the process of school integration. In 1970 Glenwood was closed and an integrated Winder-Barrow Middle School opened in the same building at this location.
 
Erected 2012 by Georgia Historical Society, the Glenwood Barrow County H.S. Alumni Association, Inc., the Barrow County Board of Education, and the Barrow County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 59.467′ N, 83° 42.617′ W. Marker is in Winder, Georgia, in Barrow County. Marker is at the intersection
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
2. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker
of King Street and Wood Street, on the right when traveling north on King Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 163 King Street, Winder GA 30680, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barrow County (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Stoneman Raid Battle of King's Tanyard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Builder of the Nation (approx. 0.7 miles away); Concord Methodist Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Winder's Most Historical Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Russell House (approx. one mile away); Fort Yargo (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rockwell Universalist Church (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winder.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
3. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
The marker, school, and tent used for the marker dedication, prior to the ceremony.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
4. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Dignitaries at the dedicatation included members of the board of the Glenwood Barrow County H.S. Alumni Association (GBCHSAA) and the Mayor and Police Chief of the City of Winder, among others.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
5. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
The dedication ceremony was well attended.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
6. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Ms. Petula Burks, a member of the GBCHSAA Board, was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the dedication.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
7. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Ms. Johnnie Lay Burks, President, GBCHSAA, explained "The Road to Glenwood," about the school and the efforts involved in obtaining the marker. She explained how the marker vanished while en route from the manufacturer to the school. The marker was discovered for sale on Craig's List in North Carolina, offered as a great decoration for a private garden. It was recovered.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
8. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Ms. Mary Ford Sims, widow of LaFar Dupree Sims (the school's only Principal), was a featured speaker at the dedication.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
9. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Following her remarks, Ms. Sims led the attendees in singing.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
10. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Following the seated part of the dedication, Ms. Mary Ford Sims and Ms. Johnnie Lay Burks led attendees to the marker for its unveiling.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
11. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
Ms. Sims and Ms. Burks unveil the marker.
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By David Seibert, June 16, 2012
12. Glenwood Elementary and High School Marker Dedication
The marker, dedicated and unveiled.
 
 
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