Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School
Named for Union General and Freemenís Bureau Agent Wager Swayne, Swayne College was dedicated 21 April 1869. The Bureau appropriated $10,000 for the building and the local black community purchased 3.5 acres for the site. Future officeholder Elijah Cook submitted the winning location of Union and Grove Streets. The building stood three stories high and was constructed by Henry Duncan with ventilation by Isaac Frazier. George Stanley Pope became the first principal of the school with occupancy in October 1868, and Fisk alumnus Charles Duncan became the first black principal. The American Missionary Association operated the school, and its high standards mirrored the influence of the local Congregationalist church. Swayne contained desk, blackboards, maps and an organ costing $200. With tuition free to local students, it offered coursework in the alphabet, reading and spelling, advanced reading, arithmetic, geography, and writing. Closing in 1937, Swayne College paved the way for black education in Montgomery and was succeeded by Booker T. Washington School.
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Booker T. Washington School
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Named for one of the nationís premier educators, Booker T. Washington School began through the efforts of an expanding Swayne
Erected 2003 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.185′ N, 86° 18.003′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Union Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centennial Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgia Gilmore (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jackson-Community House/The Montgomery City Federation of Womenís Clubs (approx. ľ mile away); South Jackson Street / Victor Hugo Tulane (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harris House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marshall J. Moore House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Warren Reese House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Booker T. Washington Magnet High School website. (Submitted on March 4, 2010.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons • Notable Places •
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