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

Bryant Academy

Bryant Academy Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 1, 2021
1. Bryant Academy Marker Side 1
Side 1
Bryant Academy opened in the 1950-1951 school year, the result of an effort by the Nassau County School Board to provide more adequate schools for African Americans. The school board issued revenue bonds and closed nine existing African American schools in Nassau County. The students were consolidated into three schools, one each in Callahan, Fernandina, and Yulee. The Yulee schools were combined into what would become Bryant Academy named in honor of its principal, James B. Bryant (1911-2010). The school board selected a 17-acre site and built a new elementary school in 1950. It consisted of 6 classrooms, a cafeteria/assembly room, an administrative suite and a general facility space. Bryant Academy operated from 1950 to 1969. Per the county's desegregation plan, the new Nassau County Public School District integrated black and white schools and removed the original names of formerly segregated African American schools. Bryant Academy became Yulee Elementary School, and over time the buildings that had made up the original school were replaced. This marker is a symbol for future generations of the value of Bryant Academy, and
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Side 2
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Bryant Academy (B.A.) embodied the spirit of its principal and namesake, James B. Bryant. It symbolized his passion for education, for shaping the formative years of hundreds of young minds, and instilling in them the value of never giving up until a job is done, Bryant drew support from parents, teachers, and alumni to provide his students with resources such as the only reading improvement machine in the county. This same self-help philosophy was manifested in Bryant's gathering of several boys from the school to assist him in pouring the concrete for the outdoor basketball court. Families and friends congregated there to cheer on the B.A. Dragons and Dragonettes. Through him, Bryant Academy became a community center where people could gather for operettas, the Miss and Little Miss B.A. pageants, and commencement and graduation ceremonies. Whether dressed in his black and white Oxford shoes, riding around Yulee in his Cadillac, or weaving his motorcycle through the annual Peck High School Parade, Bryant was remembered as a man of gigantic personality and spirit. With his infectious smile and kind and compassionate heart, James B. Bryant touched many lives as an educator, leader, and friend.
Bryant Academy Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 1, 2021
2. Bryant Academy Marker Side 2
2020 by Bryant Academy Alumni, Nassau County School District, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1104.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 30° 37.907′ N, 81° 35.194′ W. Marker is in Yulee, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Felmor Road and Florida Route A1A/200. This marker is located between buildings at Yulee Elementary School. It is not accessible to the general public. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 86063 Felmor Road, Yulee FL 32097, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Muir's Walk on the Florida Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); Florida's First Cross-Peninsula Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Battle of Waterman's Bluff (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Georgia’s Coastal Gem: (approx. 6˝ miles away in Georgia); The Civil War: Local Landmarks (approx. 6˝ miles away in Georgia); The Civil War: Local People (approx. 6˝ miles away in Georgia); The Enduring Gullah (approx. 6˝ miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yulee.
Also see . . .  A salute to Bryant Academy’s History and Legacy.
Bryant Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 1, 2021
3. Bryant Academy Marker
The Jaxson Mag website entry (Submitted on April 2, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on April 3, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 1, 2023