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

Austin Raymond Merry

1854 - 1920

Austin Raymond Merry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, June 29, 2013
1. Austin Raymond Merry Marker
Inscription. When the Jackson school system organized in 1879, the first black educator and principal hired was Austin Raymond Merry. Professor Merry pioneered the development of the first school for African Americans in Madison County. He established the South Jackson School for Colored which was the forerunner of what was to become Merry High School.

Professor Merry received his B.A. and Masters degrees from Fisk Univerity in the 1800's and was the first African American in Jackson, Madison County to have a college degree. Mr. Merry dedicated his life to making a quality education available to Jackson and Madison County Black youth.
Location. 35° 36.185′ N, 88° 48.831′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of South Highland Avenue (U.S. 45) and South Royal Street, on the right when traveling north on South Highland Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 S Highland Ave, Jackson TN 38301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Electro Chalybeate Well (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Spoke Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923
Austin Raymond Merry Boulevard & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, June 29, 2013
2. Austin Raymond Merry Boulevard & Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); General Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 0.8 miles away); Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1873-1939 / Anderson, Clayton & Company (approx. 0.8 miles away); Andersons & Claytons Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); David Crockett (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . .  Education for Life (pdf file). Celebrating the Contributions of Tennessee’s African-Americans to Education. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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