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Aberfoil in Bullock County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Aberfoil School

Bullock County

 
 
Aberfoil School Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2020
1. Aberfoil School Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
Side 1
In 1890, Reverend C. H. Thornton donated 10 acres of land where he organized a church and the first public school for African Americans in the Aberfoil community. The first school structure was a one room log cabin. Rev. Thornton's wife, Amanda Thornton, served as the first teacher. The school year lasted for three months and grades 1 through 3 were taught. In 1905, the school was expanded to include students to the 6th grade under the leadership of Professor Ernest Mahone. In 1927, the county took over control of the school. In 1936. Ms. Tessie Oliver served as unofficial superintendent of the African-American schools in the county. During this time the professors were Annie Pruitt, Carrie Townsend, Sallie Olgetree, and Evelyn Crawford. In 1939, Aberfoil School was rebuilt and grades 1 through 10 were taught here. The community offered local support, especially by the men who had recently returned home from serving in WWII. Students used the classrooms during the day and veterans during the evening hours, with teachers giving their time to teach them.
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Side 2

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In 1952, African-American schools in the county were consolidated. Buses transported students in grades 11 and 12 to Perote High School in Perote, Alabama. In May 1961, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the school to encourage
Aberfoil School Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2020
2. Aberfoil School Marker (side 2)
the local residents to become active in the Civil Rights Movement. The school and the adjoining church were the only locations in Bullock County visited by Dr. King. In 1964, Aberfoil Junior High School was closed due to integration. All students were bused to various schools according to where they lived. From 1964 to 1978, the school was used as the adult education center, which was supported by the federal government through Tuskegee Institute. From 1978 to 1986, a preschool operated in the building. This building is one of the few surviving examples of a rural African-American school in Bullock County. It is now used as the Aberfoil Community Center.

Listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage, March 24, 2005

 
Erected 2020 by the Aberfoil Junior High School Community Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation.
 
Location. 32° 4.413′ N, 85° 40.935′ W. Marker is in Aberfoil, Alabama, in Bullock County. Marker is on Alabama Route 239 0.4 miles south of U.S. 29, on the right when traveling south. Located near Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 AL-239, Union Springs AL 36089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aberfoil Community (approx. half a mile away); Indian Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sardis Baptist Church, Cemetery, and School (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Indian Treaty Boundary Line
A former Aberfoil School. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2020
3. A former Aberfoil School.
This former Aberfoil School building is one of the largest wooden black school buildings documented in Alabama that is not a Rosenwald School. Efforts are being made to save the building.
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church/Red Door Theater (approx. 5.2 miles away); Log Cabin Museum/Old City Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Bullock County Courthouse Historic District (approx. 5.3 miles away); Union Springs, Alabama (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
View of school (deep right) and marker (extreme left). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 26, 2020
4. View of school (deep right) and marker (extreme left).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 26, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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