“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Monticello in Jefferson County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street

Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2013
1. Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street Marker
Inscription. Howard Academy High School's Building 1 opened on Chestnut Street in 1936 with one structure containing several classrooms. In 1940, a similar, second building was constructed and financed by the county, parents and The Julius Rosenwald Fund. Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck and Co., donated funds to build thousands of schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the South. With the construction of Building 2, Building 1 was used as the elementary and junior high school and Building 2 served as the senior high school. Howard Academy was the first official high school for African-American students in the county. Later, a combination elementary and junior high school was built on Second Street in 1957. The Chestnut Street location served grades 9-12 students until 1959-60 when the elementary/junior high school on Second Street was expanded for students in all 12 grades. After 1960 the Chestnut Street Buildings were not used for several years. However, when schools were integrated in the early 1970's, the Chestnut site again served elementary students until the elementary school could be built. Currently, Building 2 is vacant and Building 1 is a storage space for the school district.
Erected 2009 by The Jefferson County Public School District, The Jefferson County Retired Educators Association, Alumni and Friends and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-682.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 30° 33.113′ N, 83° 51.851′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Florida, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Mamie Scott Drive north of Cypress Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello FL 32344, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of Monticello (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson County Sesquicentennial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jefferson County Florida Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Perkins Opera House (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Meeting Oak" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ernest I. Thomas Memorial (approx. one mile away); Constant Attack (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
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Categories. African AmericansEducation
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 36 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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