The Booker Schools

The Booker Schools (HM29WS)

Location: Sarasota, FL 34234 Sarasota County
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N 27° 21.868', W 82° 32.285'

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Emma E. Booker, a pioneer Black educator was teaching in Sarasota's public school for Negro children in the 1910s. By 1918 she was principal of "Sarasota Grammar School" which held classes in rented halls. The Julius Rosenwald Fund helped build a school at present day Seventh Street and Lemon Avenue which opened in 1924-25 with eight grades. The school later was renamed in honor of Emma Booker who attended college during summers for over 20 years to earn her Bachelor's degree in 1937. Under principal J.R. Dixon, grades were added and the first senior class of Booker High School graduated in 1935.

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The Black community gradually expanded into the Newtown area with schools following. In 1939 Booker High School classes and the Rosenwald building were relocated to a site near here adjoining an elementary school. By the late 1940s when Roland Rogers was principal, the Booker Grammar School was moved here and the School Board of Sarasota County consolidated schools on the Newtown campus. Rogers led the way to academic accreditation and construction of modern buildings. The campus name continues to perpetuate the contributions of Emma Booker. Many graduates of the Booker schools returned to teach in the Sarasota County School system.
HM NumberHM29WS
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Year Placed1987
Placed BySarasota County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 347883 N 3027742
Decimal Degrees27.36446667, -82.53808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 21.868', W 82° 32.285'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 21' 52.08" N, 82° 32' 17.1" W
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Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3215 N Orange Ave, Sarasota FL 34234, US
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