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The Pompano Colored School

 
 
The Pompano Colored School Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2019
1. The Pompano Colored School Marker Side 1
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The first school for Pompano Beach’s African American students was a two-room wooden building that was destroyed in the 1926 Great Miami hurricane. Classes were held in the Psalters Temple AME Church until a new schoolhouse could be built on this site. In 1927, leaders in the Pompano Beach African American community and local families raised approximately $15,500 for the construction of a new Pompano Colored School. The Julius Rosenwald Foundation, a charitable organization that worked with Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute to increase educational opportunities for African American children across the South, supplied matching funds. Finished in 1928, the new two-story schoolhouse was built using concrete block and stucco. It featured an assembly hall, a library, a separate principal’s office, and six classrooms. The new school building was the second of four Rosenwald Schools in Broward County, and one of the 5,295 schools built by the Rosenwald Foundation during its tenure from 1913 to 1932.
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By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2019
2. The Pompano Colored School Marker Side 2
General Ely served as the school’s principal, as she had at the previous school. It offered grades first through sixth and later expanded to tenth grade. The school year ran from September to December, broke for the harvest season, and resumed for May and June. During those last two months, students had to attend classes Monday through Saturday to make up the lost time. Ely lobbied for the construction of a high school in Pompano Beach, because many older students had to travel out of town to attend class. Named in her honor, the new Blanche Ely High School opened in 1952, and she served as its principal. In 1954, the Pompano Colored School was renamed Coleman Elementary School, in honor of the Reverend James Emanuel Coleman, pastor of Pompano’s Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Following the integration of Florida’s public schools in the 1960s, enrollment at Coleman Elementary declined, and it was closed in 1969. The Broward County School District razed the schoolhouse in 1972. The Pompano Colored School provided quality education for the community, and reflected the extraordinary achievements of Pompano Beach’s early African American community.
 
Erected 2017 by The City of Pompano Beach, FL, the Honorable Mayor Lamar Fisher, Commissioners Beverly Perkins and Michael Sobel, Vice Myor Charlotte Burrie, Rex Hardin, Barry Moss, and
The Pompano Colored School Marker looking south image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2019
3. The Pompano Colored School Marker looking south
the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-991.)
 
Location. 26° 14.188′ N, 80° 7.946′ W. Marker is in Pompano Beach, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest 7th Terrace and Northwest 6th Street, in the median on Northwest 7th Terrace. Marker is located in Coleman Park which is in the median of Northwest 7th Terrace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pompano Beach Indian Mound (approx. 2.7 miles away); Indian Mound Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Barefoot Mailman (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton (approx. 7.8 miles away); Fort Lauderdale High School, 1915-1962 Home of the Flying L'S (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pompano Beach.
 
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The Pompano Colored School Marker looking north image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2019
4. The Pompano Colored School Marker looking north
The Pompano Colored School image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 30, 2019
5. The Pompano Colored School
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 2, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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