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Fort Mitchell in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Asbury School and Mission

1 Mile North of Ft. Mitchell

 
 
Asbury School and Mission Marker, recently restored image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 30, 2018
1. Asbury School and Mission Marker, recently restored
Inscription.  In September 1821 Rev. William Capers was sent to Fort Mitchell, by the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to negotiate with the chiefs of the Creek Indian Nations for a mission which would teach their children reading, writing and other white-man skills. In 1822 Asbury Manual Labor School was established with Rev. Isaac Smith, Superintendent; 33 resident students; 3 teachers; houses; school; and farm. The school closed in 1830 following the removal to the West of a portion of the Creek tribe. The Asbury Mission site was designated a United Methodist Landmark in 1984.
 
Erected 1984 by The Historic Chattahoochee Commission, The Alexandria UMC and The AWF Conference.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the United Methodist Church Historic Sites series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1821.
 
Location. 32° 20.82′ N, 85° 1.146′ W. Marker is in Fort
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Mitchell, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 165. This marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Mitchell Historic Landmark Park, about half-mile from the main entrance on the road to the site of the fort on the left in front of the Cantey Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 561 Highway 165, Fort Mitchell AL 36856, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Crowell (here, next to this marker); James Cantey (here, next to this marker); Fort Mitchell Military Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Mitchell (about 600 feet away); United States Indian Trading Post (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Mitchell (about 600 feet away); Lafayette's Tour (about 600 feet away); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mitchell.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Mitchell in the Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on January 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Asbury School and Mission Marker (on right). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2024
2. Asbury School and Mission Marker (on right).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2024. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,660 times since then and 198 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 10, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   2. submitted on February 16, 2024, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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