Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Peck High School
The groundwork for Peck High School started in 1880, when a group led by Henry B. Delaney petitioned for an African American school in Fernandina. In 1885, a four-room building known as Colored School No. 1 opened at Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street. Moses H. Payne, a Howard University graduate, became the first principal and teacher that same year. William H. Peck, also a Howard graduate, joined Payne in Fernandina in 1887, and served as assistant principal. Following Payne’s death in 1888, Peck was promoted to principal, a position he held until 1931. Professor Peck developed the high school’s curriculum and graduated its first class in 1891. In 1909, a four acre parcel was purchased on South 10th Street to build a larger school. Peck tenaciously gathered support from within the community and from the Rosenwald Foundation, a program for African-American school construction funded by Julius Rosenwald of Sears, Roebuck & Co. In 1911, the school was renamed in Peck’s honor. Peck High School was completed in 1927, serving grades 1-12. Peck, who died in 1950 and is buried at Bosque Bello cemetery, was widely respected in the community and recognized in the state’s Great Floridians 2000 program.
Erected 2015 by Peck Alumni
Location. 30° 39.788′ N, 81° 27.469′ W. Marker is in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is at the intersection of South 10th Street and Fir Street, on the right when traveling north on South 10th Street. Touch for map. Building now houses the Peck Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 S 10th St, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairbanks Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nassau County American Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); New Zion Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); St. Peter's Church (approx. half a mile away); Memorial United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Good Shepherd Church 1887-1966 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nassau County Historic Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lesesne House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education •
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