DeLeon Springs in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
DeLeon Springs Colored School
African American families living in DeLeon Springs in the 1920s needed a better school. The Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was no longer adequate and classes moved to St. Joseph Lodge, but it also was too small. In 1928, a group of African American residents, including teacher Carrie Malloy, approached the school board about building a new school. The board rebuffed them, and they turned to school trustee and businessman Fred N. Burt for help. Burt, a New York native who arrived in DeLeon Springs in 1909, developed the Burwyn Park subdivision, Burt's Park, and Spring Garden Ranch, which included stables, horse track, and quarters for black laborers. A respected local leader, Burt was a benefactor to the African American community and took up the mission to build the new school. Burt donated the land, financed the construction, and used his own carpenters. Plans for the school house and additional funds were provided by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, which helped build schools for African Americans all over the south. The school was completed in 1929, and the school Board reimbursed Burt half the cost, about $2,000.
Erected 2016 by The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board, West Volusia Historical Society, Inc., DeLeon Springs Community Association, Inc., and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-930.)
Location. 29° Touch for map. School is now the Malloy Head Start Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 East Retta Street, De Leon Springs FL 32130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeLand Municipal Airport (approx. 5.3 miles away); DeLand Naval Air Station Museum (approx. 5.3 miles away); DeLand Hall (approx. 6.1 miles away); Bell #8 (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Woman's Club of DeLand (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Opera House (approx. 6.4 miles away); Circa 1885 (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Athens Theatre (approx. 6.4 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.