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Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872

Dorchester Academy

 

—Museum Of African American History —

 
Dorchester Academy Marker, We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Dorchester Academy Marker, We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872
Inscription. In November 1870, William A. Golding, an African American member of the Georgia Legislature, wrote the American Missionary Association (AMA) on behalf of the people of Liberty County requesting a teacher. "They want a teacher," he wrote, "preferably one southern born, but would accept any available instructor." In 1871, the AMA responded to the requests of the community. Eliza Ann Ward, a staunch abolitionist from Massachusetts who previously taught in both Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina, was sent to open a school in Golding's Grove. The school and church were locally called "Golding's Grove" because William A. Golding donated the buildings and the surrounding land. She established the Homestead School and it opened in January 1871. The school accepted students at all levels. Ward was astonished at the rapid progress of the students and their desire to learn.

Eleven students read well enough to be assigned to the Second Reader and Ward discovered others who were even more advanced. In August 1872, Eliza Ann Ward left Liberty County due to poor health. She continued to correspond with the people of Golding's Grove and collect clothing for them. Liberty County residents considered Ward to be not only an excellent teacher but an honorable woman as well. They requested her return because the school ceased to function
Dorchester Academy image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Dorchester Academy
in her absence.

(sidebar)
The central academic building at Dorchester Academy was called Christian Endeavor Hall. It was given this name because it was constructed with contributions from the Young People's Societies of Christian Endeavor, a group associated with the American Missionary Alliance.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Flemington.
 
Location. 31° 48.099′ N, 81° 27.888′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker can be reached from 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway (U.S. 84) near Lewis Frasier Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Midway Congregational Church 1872 - Present (a few steps from this marker); Dorchester Academy (a few steps from this marker); Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of the "Bell" at Dorchester Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932
Dorchester Academy's Moore Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Dorchester Academy's Moore Hall
(within shouting distance of this marker); Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty County Citizen's Council 1946 - 1953 (about 300 feet away); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (about 300 feet away); S.C.L.C. and the Voter Education Program 1962-1970 (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Midway.
 
More about this marker. Upper right hand corner label reads:
This sign was made possible through the
financial support of the City of Flemington
with great places to "stay" in Liberty County.
 
Regarding We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872. Lower Picture : Christian Endeavor Hall circa 1930s
Upper right picture : Christian Endeavor Hall circa 1910s
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Places
 
We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
4. We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 Marker
Closest to the camera. Seen from near the museum building and 'Midway Congregational Church' marker. US-84 to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,255 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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