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Lynch in Harlan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School

 
 
Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
1. Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School Marker
Side One
Inscription.

(Side One)
This brick facility was built in 1923 by the United States Coal and Coke Co., then leased to Lynch Colored Common Graded School District. Students from Benham and Lynch enrolled in the high school. The first four graduates received their diplomas in 1928.

(Side Two)
W.L. Shobe was principal, 1939-56, and was an outstanding and progressive administrator. After Professor Shobe’s retirement, Coach John V. Coleman promoted to principal; school name changed to West Main High. School had many notable students and athletes.

Presented by Lynch Pirates Alumni Association

 
Erected 2003 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2109.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 57.985′ N, 82° 55.987′ W. Marker is in Lynch, Kentucky, in Harlan County. Marker is on State Highway 6 east of Pirate Way, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynch KY 40855, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Honor the Black Coal Miners
Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
2. Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School Marker
Side Two
(within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Alexander Matthews (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynch (approx. one mile away); Scotia Mine Disaster (approx. 8 miles away); Appalachia (approx. 9.4 miles away in Virginia); Carl Martin (approx. 11 miles away in Virginia); Big Stone Gap (approx. 11 miles away in Virginia); Southwest Virginia Museum (approx. 11.1 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynch.
 
More about this marker. There is a small metal tablet below the marker with the following: Co-sponsored by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.
 
Categories. Education
 
View to West Along State Highway 6 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
3. View to West Along State Highway 6
Former High School Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
4. Former High School Building
Marker at far (east) end of building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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