Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes

Willow Hill Elementary School for Negroes (HM219L)

Location: Portal, GA 30450 Bulloch County
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N 32° 30.817', W 81° 53.867'

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A Georgia Equalization School

Willow Hill School was established in 1874 during Reconstruction as one of the first schools for African Americans in Bulloch County. It was privately supported until being sold to the local Board of Education in 1920. In 1954 the county built a new "equalization" school as part of a statewide strategy to resist federally mandated integration. These schools addressed blatant geographic and racial disparities in education with new, modern (but still segregated) facilities and improved curricula. Willow Hill was one of five such African-American schools in Bulloch County and consolidated several older rural schools: Bennett Grove, Scarboro Grove, Rehovia, Gays Grove, Free Chapel, and Johnson Grove. The school closed in 1969 as part of the county's desegregation plan, and the students and faculty sent elsewhere. It reopened as an integrated intermediate school in 1971 with new faculty.
HM NumberHM219L
Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society, Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, and the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 415674 N 3597723
Decimal Degrees32.51361667, -81.89778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 30.817', W 81° 53.867'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 30' 49.02" N, 81° 53' 52.02" W
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Area Code(s)912
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4101 Willow Hill Rd, Portal GA 30450, US
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