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Jackson in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Austin Raymond Merry

1854 - 1920

Austin Raymond Merry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, June 29, 2013
1. Austin Raymond Merry Marker
Inscription.  When the Jackson school system organized in 1879, the first black educator and principal hired was Austin Raymond Merry. Professor Merry pioneered the development of the first school for African Americans in Madison County. He established the South Jackson School for Colored which was the forerunner of what was to become Merry High School.

Professor Merry received his B.A. and Masters degrees from Fisk Univerity in the 1800's and was the first African American in Jackson, Madison County to have a college degree. Mr. Merry dedicated his life to making a quality education available to Jackson and Madison County Black youth.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
Location. 35° 36.185′ N, 88° 48.831′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of South Highland Avenue (U.S. 45) and South Royal Street, on the right when traveling north on South Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 S Highland Ave, Jackson TN 38301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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within walking distance of this marker. The Electro Chalybeate Well (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Spoke Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mother Liberty CME Church (approx. half a mile away); Former Site of Merry High School (approx. half a mile away); Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923 (approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); 215 E. Baltimore (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Austin Raymond Merry Boulevard & Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, June 29, 2013
2. Austin Raymond Merry Boulevard & Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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