The Booker Schools
Emma E. Booker, a pioneer Black educator was teaching in Sarasota's public school for Negro children in the 1910s. By 1918 she was principal of "Sarasota Grammar School" which held classes in rented halls. The Julius Rosenwald Fund helped build a school at present day Seventh Street and Lemon Avenue which opened in 1924-25 with eight grades. The school later was renamed in honor of Emma Booker who attended college during summers for over 20 years to earn her Bachelor's degree in 1937. Under principal J.R. Dixon, grades were added and the first senior class of Booker High School graduated in 1935.
The Black community gradually expanded into the Newtown area with schools following. In 1939 Booker High School classes and the Rosenwald building were relocated to a site near here adjoining an elementary school. By the late 1940s when Roland Rogers was principal, the Booker Grammar School was moved here and the School Board of Sarasota County consolidated schools on the Newtown campus. Rogers led the way to academic accreditation and construction of modern buildings. The campus name continues to perpetuate the contributions of Emma Booker. Many graduates of the Booker schools returned to teach in the Sarasota County School system.
Erected 1987 by Sarasota County Historical
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 27° 21.868′ N, 82° 32.285′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on North Orange Avenue just south of 35th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3201 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota FL 34234, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Twin Motel and Tourism (approx. 0.9 miles away); Indian Beach (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mary Wyatt Whitaker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bidwell-Wood House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Whitaker Family/Gateway 2000 Executive Committee (approx. 1.2 miles away); Yellow Bluffs (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Judah Philip Benjamin (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Regarding The Booker Schools. The entire school was rebuilt beginning in 2012.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.