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Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory

 
 
Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 4, 2009
1. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker
Inscription. This Georgian Revival building, built in 1934 to replace an earlier structure destroyed by fire, was once part of an extensive school campus begun in 1871 by the American Missionary Association. The school, founded to serve the educational needs of black children of Liberty County and coastal Georgia, closed in 1940 after public education became available to black children. In 1948 the American Missionary Association, with the assistance of the local community, expanded the dormitory into a community center, which by 1961 would become the focus for many Southern Christian Leadership Conference sponsored Citizen Education Workshops here (1962- 1964), training over 1,000 teachers and leaders, who in turn educated over 10,000 in the basics of voter registration and non-violent social change. Dr. M.L. King, Jr. held a planning retreat here in 1962 to prepare for the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, one of the first major victories of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
Erected 1990 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 089-27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 48.09′ N, 81° 27.901′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty
Marker with Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory in background image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2009
2. Marker with Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory in background
County. Marker is on Oglethorpe Highway (U.S. 84) near Lewis Frasier Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. 1.9 miles west of junction with US 17/Ga 25. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dorchester Academy (here, next to this marker); We want a school, we need a Teacher 1870-1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Growth Of Dorchester Academy 1874 - 1930s (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Moore at Dorchester Academy 1925-1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Congregational Church 1872 - Present (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of the "Bell" at Dorchester Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Together at the Dorchester Cooperative Center 1930s-1940s (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil Liberties at Dorchester Cooperative Center 1940 - present (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
 
Regarding Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory. Entry on National Register of Historic Places:

The Dorchester Academy Boys' Dormitory on the site was built in 1935, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1986, and was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark
Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory, west entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
3. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory, west entrance
Later known as Elizabeth B. Moore Hall.
in 2006.


Dorchester Academy Boys' Dormitory (added 1986 - - #86001371)
8787 East Oglethorpe Highway (US 84) , Midway
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Awsumb,George
♦ Architectural Style: Other, Colonial Revival
♦ Area of Significance: Black, Education, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1950-1974, 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Education
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
4. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker
inside the hallway of the boy's dormitory/Moore Hall.
Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory, north entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
5. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory, north entrance
Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker shares location with Dorchester Institute Marker at left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2009
6. Dorchester Academy Boy's Dormitory Marker shares location with Dorchester Institute Marker at left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2015, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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