Franklin Street "Colored" School 1884-1932

Franklin Street "Colored" School 1884-1932 (HM1FEY)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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N 39° 49.717', W 77° 14.104'

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On this corner stood the only building built for the sole purpose of educating the Colored children of the Borough of Gettysburg. In 1834 Pennsylvania mandated public education. On September 19, 1934, citizens of Gettysburg met and chose six persons to serve as school directors. Thaddeus Stevens, a civil rights activist and legislator, served as director. It is believed that Mr. Stevens? position as a director influenced the decision to establish a school for the instruction exclusively of the Colored children of the borough.

From 1834-1884, school was held approximately four months of the year in various rooms in the Colored community including the AME and AME Zion Churches. Lloyd F. A. Watts (Colored) taught for 16 years prior to the building of the Franklin Street School in 1883. In 1884 Mrs. Sally M. Stewart was chosen to be the teacher in the newly built school.

A number of female teachers, Black and White, taught from 1900-1924 when Mrs. Elsie B. Wolf became the teacher until the school closed for economic reasons in 1932. Schools were then totally integrated.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 10:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308730 N 4411125
Decimal Degrees39.82861667, -77.23506667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.717', W 77° 14.104'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 43.02" N, 77° 14' 6.24" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 127-199 S Franklin St, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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