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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peabody High School

(1870-1970)

 
 
Peabody High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 1, 2013
1. Peabody High School Marker
Inscription. Peabody High School, originally the Colored High School, was established in 1870 in the old First Baptist Church located on Harrison Street. The second school was built here on this site facing Filmore Street. The current site of the school is on Wesley Street. Peabody is one of the earliest publicly funded high schools for African Americans in Virginia. The City of Petersburg had begun to develop a public school system as early as 1868 and provided the funding needed to build city schools and pay teachers salaries. Alfred Pryor became the school's first African American principal in 1882.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA 27.)
 
Location. 37° 13.375′ N, 77° 24.198′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Harrison Street and Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south on Harrison Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weddell-McCabe-Chisholm House (about 500 feet away); Poplar Lawn
Harrison St & Liberty St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 1, 2013
2. Harrison St & Liberty St
(about 700 feet away); Bishop Payne Divinity School (about 700 feet away); Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKenney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); McKenney Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Jenkins Roberts (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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