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Gainesville in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Macrae School

The Macrae School Marker image. Click for full size.
February 6, 2011
1. The Macrae School Marker
Inscription.  Between 1914 and 1953, African-American children of the surrounding area attended a two-room schoolhouse a short distance east of here along the Warrenton Turnpike. This was the final location for the Macrae School, originally established in 1870 as a one-room school on land provided by the Macrae family near Buckland. The Prince William County School Board purchased a building in the village of Gainesville and relocated the school there in 1888, but because the building eventually proved inadequate, classes were moved again in 1908. The hall of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church served as an interim classroom until a new schoolhouse near this location was built. In 1953, the Macrae School was closed and consolidated with the Antioch School on Thoroughfare Road about five miles west of here.
Erected 2002 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
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38° 47.575′ N, 77° 37.143′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Virginia Oaks Drive just south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville VA 20155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shirley Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Rock Fight (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bull Run Battlefields (approx. 0.8 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 0.8 miles away); William Edward Ray, Sr. (approx. 1.6 miles away); In This Area Are Buried (approx. 1.6 miles away); In Memory of the Union Soldiers (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
The Macrae School Marker image. Click for full size.
February 6, 2011
2. The Macrae School Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2011. This page has been viewed 1,086 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2011. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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