Stevenson in Jackson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
During the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War, a freedmenís community was established in this area called Averyville, named for the Pennsylvania minister and successful businessman Charles Avery, a longtime and faithful champion of Negro education. Wilmer Walton, a Quaker missionary, moved to Stevenson and Averyville as early as 1865, opening a school financed by the Quaker “Friendsí Association for Aid and Elevation of the Freedmen”. Soon, some seventy-five students, both adults and children, were enrolled in Waltonís school. Another teacher and Quaker missionary, Henrietta Starkweather, succeeded Wilmer Walton at Averyville. This noble and pioneering effort to educate freedmen was short-lived; Ku Klux Klan violence, threats, and intimidation drove the teachers away by the early 1870s, and the school closed.
Erected 2014 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 52.404′ N, 85° 49.619′ W. Marker is in Stevenson, Alabama, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Mount Carmel Road (County Route 85) and Ohio Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Old Mount Carmel Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 52 Old Mt Carmel Rd, Stevenson AL 35772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Army Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Flight 800 Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stevenson Depot and Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Harker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Crow Town (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wet, Wild, and Wonderful Rocky Springs Church of Christ (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bridgeport (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevenson.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • War, US Civil •
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