Swift Memorial College

Swift Memorial College (HM1Q8N)

Location: Rogersville, TN 37857 Hawkins County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 24.461', W 83° 0.489'

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1883 - 1963

Dr. William H. Franklin, the founder and President of Swift College, was one of the first black graduates from Maryville College, receiving his degree in 1881. Swift College was named to honor Elijah E. Swift, president of the denomination's National Board of Missions of Freedmen and benefactor and pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Penn. The private college served African-American students. Sold to Hawkins County in 1956, it became a public school for black students in grades one through twelve. W. E. Blevins served as the last principal before desegregation closed Swift's doors in 1963. The main three-story building was torn down in 1964. Three buildings remain as office for Hawkins County schools.
HM NumberHM1Q8N
Marker Number1B 66
Placed ByTennesse Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 319935 N 4031041
Decimal Degrees36.40768333, -83.00815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 24.461', W 83° 0.489'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 24' 27.66" N, 83° 0' 29.34" W
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Area Code(s)423, 615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 W Kyle St, Rogersville TN 37857, US
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