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Near Homer in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. John Colored School

 
 
St. John Colored School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, July 9, 2020
1. St. John Colored School Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1916, the St. John community donated land and logs to construct a Rosenwald school building for the negro children of the community. Earlier schools were established at St. John Missionary Baptist and later a small one room elementary school. In 1926, St. John was named the Claiborne Parish Training School to prepare students to teach negro children throughout the parish. The building was destroyed by fire in 1945.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 32° 43.09′ N, 93° 0.034′ W. Marker is near Homer, Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish. Marker is on St. John Road (Parish Road 173) 0.1 miles north of Buster Johnson Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Homer LA 71040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russellville (approx. 3.1 miles away); White Lightning (approx. 4˝ miles away); Arizona Academy Site (approx. 5.4 miles away); Parish Courthouse
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(approx. 6 miles away); Claiborne Parish Court House (approx. 6 miles away); Claiborne Parish War Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); T. H. Harris (approx. 6˝ miles away); Site of Macedonia Baptist Church (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Homer.
 
Regarding St. John Colored School. The marker incorrectly states the school was destroyed by fire in 1945. The fire occurred in 1952.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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