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Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Trinity School Cistern

 
 
Trinity School Cistern Marker (refurbished) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 9, 2016
1. Trinity School Cistern Marker (refurbished)
Inscription.  This cistern is the last remnant of Trinity School located here 1865-1907. The cistern was used to store rainwater collected from the roof.

No physical evidence remains of the Ross Hotel, the Chapman Quarters, and other buildings on this block, which played an important role in Athens history.

Trinity, a school for the children of former slaves, was established here, on the old Richardson property, in 1865, primarily through the efforts of Miss Mary Frances Wells, the school's principal and chief proponent.

Trinity Hall was built here 1881-82, as a join effort by the American Missionary Association and local African Americans who hand made and laid the bricks for the building. It burned in 1907 and was rebuilt the following year on the old Civil War fort site west of town.
 
Erected 2005 by the Limestone County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationForts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
Location. 34° 48.179′ N,
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86° 58.166′ W. Marker is in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker can be reached from East Market Street west of South Clinton Street, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located in the parking lot near the north west end of the new Limestone County Courthouse Annex on Market Street near the railroad track. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 E Market Street, Athens AL 35611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Faces of Market Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Side of Square (about 400 feet away); Washington Street (about 500 feet away); Limestone County Confederate Memorial (about 500 feet away); Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle Surrender Site (about 600 feet away); Limestone County Beirut Memorial (about 600 feet away); Limestone County Vietnam War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Limestone County Iraq — Afghanistan Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
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Trinity School Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, March 10, 2014
2. Trinity School Cistern Marker
Market Street in the background
Trinity School Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, March 10, 2014
3. Trinity School Cistern Marker
Trinity School Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, March 10, 2014
4. Trinity School Cistern Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,133 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2, 3, 4. submitted on March 11, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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