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Rogersville in Hawkins County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Swift Memorial College

1883 - 1963

Swift Memorial College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 25, 2015
1. Swift Memorial College Marker

Dr. William H. Franklin, the founder and President of Swift College, was one of the first black graduates from Maryville College, receiving his degree in 1881. Swift College was named to honor Elijah E. Swift, president of the denomination's National Board of Missions of Freedmen and benefactor and pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Penn. The private college served African-American students. Sold to Hawkins County in 1956, it became a public school for black students in grades one through twelve. W. E. Blevins served as the last principal before desegregation closed Swift's doors in 1963. The main three-story building was torn down in 1964. Three buildings remain as office for Hawkins County schools.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1B 66.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
Location. 36° 24.461′ N, 83° 0.489′ 
Swift Memorial College image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, December 26, 2015
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W. Marker is in Rogersville, Tennessee, in Hawkins County. Marker is at the intersection of West Kyle Street and North Hasson Street, on the right when traveling west on West Kyle Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rogersville TN 37857, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Marks Presbyterian Church (here, next to this marker); Dr. William Henderson Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogersville Town Well (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hawkins County, Tennessee (about 600 feet away); Rogersville Engagements (about 600 feet away); Price Public School (about 700 feet away); Alexander Peter Stewart (about 700 feet away); Old Cemetery - First Presbyterian Church of Rogersville (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
Also see . . .  Swift Memorial College (1883-1955). (Submitted on December 29, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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