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Niles in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ferry Street School

 
 
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By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
1. Ferry Street School Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1867 at a cost of nearly $3,000, the Ferry Street School opened in January, 1868 as Nilesís school for “colored children.” In 1870 the Niles school system was integrated, and this facility closed. It reopened as an integrated school in 1873. The west wing was added in 1903. From 1956 to 1975 the School for Exceptional Children was located here. In 1975 concerned citizens began restoring the original building to its nineteenth century style. Nineteenth century one-room schools in this community typically contained a woodburning stove, woodbox, water bench, coat pegs, wooden blackboards and long rows of desks. One teacher often taught two grades. Lessons were in reading, writing, spelling, numbers, declamation and geography—all with a moral. This school provides a link to schools of yesteryear.
 
Erected 1980 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0477.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 49.906′ N, 86° 15.131′ W. Marker is in Niles, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Ferry Street near North 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 Ferry Street, Niles MI 49120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
2. The Ferry Street School
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); The Chapin House / Henry Austin Chapin (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Four Flags Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wesley United Methodist Church (approx. ľ mile away); Trinity Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); John B. Reddick Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Niles Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niles.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Ferry Street School image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
3. Ferry Street School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,691 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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