Clifton Colored School

Clifton Colored School (HM21IR)

Location: Mims, FL 32754 Brevard County
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N 28° 45.031', W 80° 46.161'

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Before the Clifton Schoolhouse was built, Butler Campbell and Andrew Jackson's children were home schooled by a black teacher, Mr. Mahaffey. The teacher was paid five dollars for each student, after examination by the County School Superintendent. Any locality claiming a school had to provide a public school house, select at least one trustee, and secure a certified teacher. In 1890-91, Campbell and Jackson decided to build a proper school. A neighbor, Wade Holmes provided a one-acre lot on the northwest corner of his property. The three men built a 12' x 16' heart pine structure that sat on coquina cornerstones about one foot off the ground. The west-facing front was fitted with a double-paneled door. Two sets of glass-paned windows were on the north and south sides. The roof was made of cedar or cypress boards. Campbell's children included Florida, Eugenia, Agnes, Henry and Willie, who was Valedictorian in 1892. Jackson's children were Annie, Mary, Floyd and Douglas, who was Valedictorian in 1893. Studies included reading, physiology, English, math and Latin. By 1910, the children were out of school or attending school elsewhere. In 1924, Eugenia returned to Clifton and later lived in the structure. When NASA bought properties on North Merritt Island in the 1960s, the families relocated to other areas and most of the houses were moved
or demolished.
HM NumberHM21IR
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Brevard County Historical Commission, the Brevard County Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 522519 N 3180367
Decimal Degrees28.75051667, -80.76935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 45.031', W 80° 46.161'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 45' 1.8599999999999" N, 80° 46' 9.6600000000001" W
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Area Code(s)321, 407
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Courtenay Pkwy N, Mims FL 32754, US
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