Orange City in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Orange City Colored School
The Orange City Colored School was the first building in town constructed for education of African Americans. Before it opened in 1927, various buildings had been adapted for use as classrooms but were small and poorly lighted. Inspired by her progressive values and the needs of the growing black population, Dr. Frances Dickenson donated five acres of land for the school. Funding was provided by the Board of Public Instruction of Volusia County and a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, which furnished plans and $1,100 to build the four teacher community school. Associated with what is now Tuskegee University, the Rosenwald program was a major force in rural school design, creating models of positive, orderly, and healthy environments for learning. Herman L. Nordman built the masonry structure with large banks of windows according to “Floor Plan No. 400.” This school is one of the four Rosenwald Schools built in Volusia County. Historically, the school taught students first through eighth grade, but the upper grades were discontinued in the 1930ís, those students who could find transportation attended Orange City School.
Erected 2016 by The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board, Village Improvement Association, Orange City Womenís Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-929.)
Location. Touch for map. School is now the Coleman Head Start Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Blue Springs Avenue, Orange City FL 32763, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeBary Hall / Florida Federation of Art, Inc. (approx. 4.7 miles away); Florida United Methodist Children's Home (approx. 5.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); St. John's Masonic Lodge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Circa 1883 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dreka Building (approx. 6 miles away); Dreka Theater (approx. 6 miles away); Miller-Fish Building (approx. 6 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 158 times since then and 5 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.