“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oxford in Granville County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Mary Potter Academy

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By J. J. Prats, February 10, 2010
1. Mary Potter Academy Marker
Inscription. Founded by G.C. Shaw 1889 to educate African Americans. Named for a Presbyterian benefactor. Later a public school. Operated one block east.
Erected 2006 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number G-119.)
Location. 36° 18.789′ N, 78° 35.403′ W. Marker is in Oxford, North Carolina, in Granville County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street (U.S. 15) and East McClanahan Street, on the right when traveling north on College Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oxford NC 27565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Katherine Blount Skinner Lassiter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oxford Female College (approx. ¼ mile away); Oxford Orphanage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Horner Military School (approx. half a mile away); Henry P. Cheatham (approx. 1.1 miles away); Nat’l Rochester (approx. 1½ miles away); Central Orphanage of North Carolina (approx. 1.7 miles away); Harris Meeting House (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
Also see . . .
1. Maryland Chapter Mary Potter Club. (Submitted on February 13, 2010.)
Mary Potter Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 10, 2010
2. Mary Potter Academy Marker

2. About Dr. George Clayton Shaw. “The founder of the School, Dr. Shaw was also the founding Pastor of the Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church in Oxford North Carolina. Mary Potter Academy was an outgrowth of the Church and it satisfied the need for a school for African Americans in this area of North Carolina. Dr. Shaw, born in 1863 in Louisburg, North Carolina was a graduate of Lincoln University and later the Auburn Theological Seminary. His Presbyterian background and the encouragement of Dr. Timothy Darling and Mrs. Mary Potter (persons he knew while at Auburn) profoundly affected his decision to come south to establish the Church (1888) and the School (1889). It was primarily through the efforts and monetary donations of the Presbyterian Board of Missions and the personal attention of Mrs. Mary Potter that his goals reached fruition. Shaw, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Lewis Shaw, played an important role in realizing their vision of religion and education of Negroes in the South.” (Submitted on February 13, 2010.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,178 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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