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Meridian in Lauderdale County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wechsler School

 
 
Wechsler School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
1. Wechsler School Marker
Inscription. Built in 1894, this was the first brick public school building in east Mississippi for African American children. The school was named for Rabbi Jacob Wechsler, who led the drive to build it. Founded in 1871, the school was initially housed in St. Paul Methodist Church. At its height, the school enrolled 1,441 students. The Wechsler School, noted as the first public high school to qualify with the State High School Accrediting Commission, ceased operation in 1983.
 
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 32° 22.308′ N, 88° 42.565′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, on the left when traveling west on 15th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1430 30th Avenue, Meridian MS 39301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Wechsler School (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Impact of Churches
View of the former Wechsler School and the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
2. View of the former Wechsler School and the marker.
(approx. mile away); Whitfield "Big Central" High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dial House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Merrehope (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Merrehope (approx. 0.4 miles away); Missouri Ridge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meridian.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Wechsler School. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
View looking west on 15th Street (one-way runs west). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
3. View looking west on 15th Street (one-way runs west).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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