New Albany in Floyd County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Memories of Division
Prior to the Civil War, free education was unavailable to African American students in Indiana. Public schools for blacks were permitted only in 1869, when Indiana passed a law permitting separate schools for them. Obviously, mot of these schools were segregated. Division Street School, which was built in 1884 and opened in 1885 at a cost of $1,752, provided education in grades one through six, for children in East New Albany. The school initially enrolled 60 - 70 students in two classrooms. Over the next 60 years, about 3,000 children attended, prior to its closure in 1946. School desegregation in Indiana began in 1949.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Division Street School was restored in 2005. It now serves as a living history center to instruct school children and the public about segregation and African-American history in New Albany.
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Location. 38° 17.588′ N, 85° 48.306′ W. Marker is in New Albany, Indiana, in Floyd County. Marker is on Division Street west of East 18th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the 'Division Street School' in New Albany, Indiana. Marker is in this post office area: New Albany IN 47151, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Division Street School (a few steps from this marker); New Albany National Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Honoring Our Heroes (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named New Albany National Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County American Revolution War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County World Peace Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Korean Conflict / Vietnam Conflict - Floyd County (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County Honor Roll & Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Albany.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 452 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.