Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Historic Harlem Academy/School #2
The historic Harlem Academy, known as "The Mother of African- American Schools," was the first public school erected for African- American children in Tampa.
The first classes were held in 1868 in the Hillsborough County Courthouse. In the early 1870s, the Freedmen's Bureau financed what became known as School No. 2. In 1889, a new building was constructed at the corner of Harrison and Morgan Streets, and the school was officially designated as the Harlem Academy. The goal of the Harlem Academy was to provide a quality education for its students and to encourage them to learn within and outside the classroom and to continue on to higher education,
In 1892, Harlem Academy was destroyed in a fire. Thomas McKnight and other members of Tampa's African-American community raised funds to rebuild the school. St. Paul A,M.E. and other churches provided space until a new building was completed in 1895. This structure was replaced by a brick building in 1912. Many prominent African-American citizens were involved with the school. Christina A. Meacham and Andrew J. Ferrell, Jr. , once principals of Harlem, had schools in Hillsborough County named in their honor,
The Harlem Academy closed in 1964, thus completing its ninety-six year contribution to the education of African-Americans in Tampa. Although
Erected 2008 by School District of Hillsborough County, Historic Harlem Academy Alumni, Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council.
Location. 27° 57.225′ N, 82° 27.485′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East Harrison Street near North Morgan Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oaklawn Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Sagamore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate States Soldiers and Sailors (about 300 feet away); Victims of the Yellow Fever (about 300 feet away); 29 Sea Captains and Mariners (about 300 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Tampa Native Americans (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Also see . . . Historic Harlem Academy School. (Submitted on February 19, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Buildings •
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