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Florence Villa Training School

1924-1925

 
 
Florence Villa Training School 1924-1925 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
1. Florence Villa Training School 1924-1925 Marker
Inscription. The Florence Villa Training School for Negroes replaced an earlier African-American school built in 1916 on the corner of 2nd and Palmetto Street. By 1922 the first school was in disrepair and classes were held at the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. Seeing the need for a permanent campus, local white physician Dr. Mary B. Jewett in March 1924 approached the Board of Public Instruction with construction plans and an offer to donate this land. Construction began in August 1924. Funding sources were as follows: Negro donations: $2,000; White donations: $11,000; Ad Valorem Taxes: $5,000; and Julius Rosenwald School Fund: $1,500. When the five-acre campus opened on December 1, 1924 the building consisted of six large classrooms, a Domestic Science Department and an auditorium. Enrollment peaked at 250 students. On the night of January 17th, 1925, a fire destroyed the school and its furnishings. The Florence Villa Town Council offered a $500 reward for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible, to no avail. This property was returned to Dr. Jewett in May 1925, and an alternate school location was chosen farther to the north.
 
Erected 2009 by The City of Winter Haven, the Polk County Historical Commission, the Jewett High Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State
Florence Villa Training School location image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
2. Florence Villa Training School location
Picture taken looking north from the marker.
. (Marker Number F-675.)
 
Location. 28° 2.224′ N, 81° 42.995′ W. Marker is in Winter Haven, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is on Avenue O Northeast 0.1 miles east of 7th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winter Haven FL 33881, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Pughsville Neighborhood (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Cummings (approx. 3.8 miles away); Bayard Retail Building (approx. 4.8 miles away); Patterson Retail Building (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Flatiron" Triangle Building (approx. 4.8 miles away); Auburndale City Hall (approx. 4.8 miles away); Seaboard Air Line Rail Depot (approx. 4.9 miles away); Ephraim M. Baynard House (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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