Midway in Woodford County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Midway Freedman's School
The Freedmen's Bureau was created during Reconstruction to provide relief services for formerly enslaved Americans. The Midway Freedman's School opened in April 1867, inside the original Second Christian Church, on the grounds of the Ky Female Orphan School. By Nov. 1867, 46 students studied arithmetic, grammar, & more in a 30' by 50' log structure.
On July 23, 1868, a biblical or historical tableau arranged by teacher Wm. Mosby was disrupted by a crowd of white men. The violence left the log school too damaged for use. A new school opened on Smith Street that fall, operating until 1910. The Midway Colored School held classes at Walnut & Elkton Streets from 1911 to 1954.
Erected 2022 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2637.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1867.
Location. 38° 8.739′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway KY 40347, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Christian Church, Midway (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Junior College — Pinkerton High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Midway Colored School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pilgrim Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Midway Christian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morgan at Midway (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Sue Mundy" Here (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Matthew A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2022, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2022, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2022, by Brian K. Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.