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Corydon in Harrison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Leora Brown School

 
 
Leora Brown School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, July 16, 2008
1. Leora Brown School Marker
Inscription. Facility built 1891 as elementary and secondary school for African Americans. Originally known as Corydon Colored School; first graduation was on May 14, 1897. Renamed 1987 for Leora Brown Farrow, a teacher at the school, 1924 - 1950. Rehabilitated as cultural and educational center, 1993.
 
Erected 1995 by Indiana Historical Bureau. (Marker Number 31.1995.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 12.86′ N, 86° 7.246′ W. Marker is in Corydon, Indiana, in Harrison County. Marker is on Summit Street west of Hill Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 East Summit Street, Corydon IN 47112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cedar Hill Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); First State Office Building (approx. mile away); Oswell Wright (approx. 0.3 miles away); Governor's Headquarters
Leora Brown School Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, July 16, 2008
2. Leora Brown School Marker - Wide View
(approx. 0.3 miles away); John Shields (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Liar's Bench (approx. 0.3 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corydon.
 
Regarding Leora Brown School. [A Walking Tour of Corydon] "The Leora Brown School is the oldest former school for African Americans still standing in Indiana, and a legacy for Corydon.

Freed slaves from Virginia and Kentucky settled in Harrison County Indiana decades before the Civil War, anticipating Indiana's free-state status that would be part of the new state's Constitution.

The school was built in 1891. In 1925, high-school age black students were intergrated into Corydon High, with grade schoolers coming into the system in 1950.

Today, the carefully restored building, named for one of its beloved former teachers, is a popular meeting house for the entire community."
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationHeroesNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Leora Brown School image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, July 16, 2008
3. Leora Brown School
North side of school building.
Leora Brown School image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, July 16, 2008
4. Leora Brown School
 
 
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