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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fifth Avenue School

Site of Alabama's First Public School Integration

 
 
Fifth Avenue School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Harry Gatzke, May 27, 2012
1. Fifth Avenue School Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1944, the Fifth Avenue School became the focal point for major educational change on September 9, 1963, when Sonnie Hereford IV became the first African-American student to integrate public schools in Alabama. Following a lengthy court battle, Dr. Sonnie Hereford III enrolled his son in the first grade at the school. Veronica Pearson (Rison School), David (Piggee) Osman (Terry Heights School) and John Anthony Brewton (East Clinton School) enrolled in other Huntsville City Schools later that day. Other Alabama school systems began desegregation in the weeks that followed. The school was razed in 2003. Sponsored by Huntsville Public School, College and University Foundations & Friends 2004
 
Erected 2004 by Huntsville Public School, College and University Foundations & Friends.
 
Location. 34° 43.165′ N, 86° 34.861′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Gallatin Street Southwest and Governors Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling south on Gallatin Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Huntsville Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.2
Foundations and Friends Sponsoring This Marker image. Click for full size.
By Harry Gatzke, May 27, 2012
2. Foundations and Friends Sponsoring This Marker
miles away); The First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Hooper Councill High School Site (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of General Morgan (approx. half a mile away); Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Twickenham Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Public Inn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
More about this marker. Governors Drive was formerly called Fifth Avenue from which the school's name was taken.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Medical Tower Now Located at Site of Fifth Avenue School image. Click for full size.
By Harry Gatzke, May 27, 2012
3. Medical Tower Now Located at Site of Fifth Avenue School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2012, by Harry Gatzke of Huntsville, Alabama. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2012, by Harry Gatzke of Huntsville, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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