Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Building Together for Youth
The National Congress of Colored parents and teachers grew from a meeting called at the request of Selena Sloan Butler through the school principal, Cora B. Finley, at Yonge Street School, March 14, 1911. As interest grew, other school units were created throughout the city and organized into the Parent-Teacher Council of Atlanta. A state organization was formed in the lecture room of Bethel A. M. E. Church in Atlanta, May 6, 1921. Mrs. Butler was elected first State President at that meeting.
To the sixth annual state meeting held at Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta, four states (Georgia, Alabama, Delaware, and Florida) sent delegates and national body was formed, May 7, 1926. A number of other states and the District of Columbia soon joined the organization. Mrs. Butler was elected first National President and is honored today as the founder of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers.
Her efforts at Yonge Street School, renamed Henry Rutherford Butler Elementary School to honor her husband, have been well received throughout the country.
Erected 1957 by
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1868.
Location. 33° 45.167′ N, 84° 22.533′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of William Holmes Borders Sr. Drive and Gartrell Street, on the left when traveling north on William Holmes Borders Sr. Drive. The marker is located at the entrance to Selena S. Butler Park (roughly 100 feet north of its original location). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheat Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Haugabrooks Funeral Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cox Brothers Funeral (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Auburn Avenue Branch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heyday of Auburn Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Regarding Building Together for Youth. Selena Sloan Butler's portrait now hangs in the Georgia
Also see . . . Selena Sload Butler Biography - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 13, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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