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Lewis School

 
 
Lewis School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
1. Lewis School Marker
No house here today
Inscription.
A coeducational private
school, conducted by Dr.
and Mrs. Richard Henry
Lewis, opened in 1877
and closed in 1902, was
in this house.

 
Erected 1950 by Archives Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number F-28.)
 
Location. 35° 15.532′ N, 77° 34.618′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is on East King Street (North Carolina Route 11/55), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located between South East Street and South Independence Street. Marker is in this post office area: Kinston NC 28501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kinston Hangings (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harmony Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caswell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lenoir County WW I and WW II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Town Of Kingston (approx. 0.2 miles away); CSS Neuse (approx. ¼ mile away); CSS Neuse Confederate Ironclad Gunboat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cat Hole (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kinston.
 
More about this marker. House not standing at present time
 
Regarding Lewis School.
Lewis School Marker looking west along NC 11/55 (East King Street) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
2. Lewis School Marker looking west along NC 11/55 (East King Street)
   Dr. Richard Henry Lewis was associated with three schools in Kinston between 1877 and 1902. Owing to Lewis’s wish for his wife, Eleanor Betts Lewis, to be recognized for her involvement in the schools’ operation, the institutions have become collectively known as “The Lewis School.”

    Lewis became principal of Kinston Collegiate Institute in the fall of 1877. The school, opened in 1871 by Joseph H. Foy, had counted Charles B. Aycock among its students in the two years prior to Lewis’s arrival. In 1882 Lewis resigned from the Kinston Collegiate Institute in order to take the helm of Judson College in Hendersonville. Unwilling to lose their beloved principal, citizens of Kinston paid subscriptions to purchase a school building on King Street so that Lewis could start a new academy. The school, called Kinston College, opened in the fall of 1882 with 153 students. However, in 1889 Lewis decided to accept the offer from Judson College and moved to Hendersonville. He remained there until the college was sold to pay debts and in 1893 Lewis returned to Kinston.

   Back in Kinston Lewis and his wife opened a classical academy called Dr. Lewis’s School. The couple operated the school until they retired in 1902. They were honored at a reunion of their students that year. Unable to attend, Governor Charles B. Aycock wrote of Lewis, “His pupils are
Lewis School Marker looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
3. Lewis School Marker looking east
scattered throughout the world. They have gone into the battle of life equipped mentally for the strife and with the moral training which has made them strong in the hour of temptation.” The educators’s influence on students was long recalled in the community and a later public school was named in honor of the Lewises. Eleanor Betts Lewis died in 1915 at the age of seventy-five and Richard Henry Lewis died in 1917 at eighty-five. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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