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Worton in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

African American Schoolhouse

Museum

 

—A one-room schoolhouse that became the cornerstone of a Community... —

 
African American Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
1. African American Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. Worton Point 'Colored' Public School #2, District Number 3; a one-room schoolhouse built August 1890. This structure was documented by the University of Delaware Center for Historic and Architectural Design in June 2003. Prior to the 1930's county busing program, children from neighboring communities traveled up to six miles on foot or horse and carriage in rain or snow. Class sizes notably increased during the winter months, when male students were not able to work in the fields; daily attendance could rise to thirty pupils The last class held in this school was in 1958.The students were taught the States' required curriculum from first through sixth grades; the extent of that need was dictated by ages and numbers of pupils in attendance. Now a museum, this school is the showplace of an exhibit of photographs, artifacts and oral histories of the lives and contributions of black families of early Kent County Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 18.008′ N, 76° 8.75′ W. Marker is in Worton, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Saint James -- Newtown Road (Maryland Route 297), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker in on The Saint James-Newtown Road just south of St. George United Methodist Church at 11730 Saint James Newtown Road. Marker is in this post office area: Worton MD 21678, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
African American Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
2. African American Schoolhouse Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Mettle (approx. 2.1 miles away); Taking Command (approx. 2.9 miles away); Christ Episcopal IU Church and Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Bass Propagation Lake (approx. 4.9 miles away); Maryland’s First Women Voters (approx. 5.7 miles away); Senator George Vickers (approx. 6½ miles away); Crew’s Landing (approx. 6.6 miles away); Betterton (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Worton.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Emma L. Grason Miller (1869-1952) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
3. Emma L. Grason Miller (1869-1952)
Emma L. Grason Miller (1869-1952) Born in Grasonville, Maryland, she moved to Chestertown, Maryland, with her family during adolescence. Emma was 17 years old when she posed for this picture with the Hampton Institute graduating Class of 1887 in Hampton Virginia. She returned to Chestertown and subsequently became the first supervisor of "Colored' Schools 1911-1922. Emma spearheaded the drive, and was successful, in convincing people of the need for a 'colored' high school in Kent County. Built in 1915 the first school, Henry Highland Garnett, was located across from Historic Bethel AME Church in Chestertown.
Alice Phillips Saunders' Graduation Certificate image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
4. Alice Phillips Saunders' Graduation Certificate
Alice Phillips Saunders (1908-2003), granddaughter to former slave, Milkey Phillips, was a student at this school and proudly received here Certificate of Graduation, after completing grade six in 1925. She, like most other black children of her time had no guarantee of continued education beyond that level. Yet she married, owned her home, and worked as a nurse's aide in Wilmington, Delaware, until her retirement.
Alice Phillips Saunders (1908-2003) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
5. Alice Phillips Saunders (1908-2003)
Barbara A. Smith Jones (1936-1998) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
6. Barbara A. Smith Jones (1936-1998)
Barbara A. Smith Jones (1936-1998) The last teacher at Worton Point School, Barbara taught here from 1954 to 1958. Her career in education continued in Chestertown at Henry Highland Garnett School.
Worton Point African American Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
7. Worton Point African American Schoolhouse
Worton Point African American Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
8. Worton Point African American Schoolhouse
Outhouses at the African American Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
9. Outhouses at the African American Schoolhouse
Saint George United Methodist Church, next door to the Schoolhouse at 11730 Saint James Newtown Road image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
10. Saint George United Methodist Church, next door to the Schoolhouse at 11730 Saint James Newtown Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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