Fruitlands Institute

Fruitlands Institute (HM2FBQ)

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N 28° 6.094', W 81° 43.127'

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On this site stood a Rosenwald School. Educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) enlisted philanthropist and CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company, Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) to help fund the building of rural community schools for African American children. Between 1912 and 1932, Washington and Rosenwald collaborated to build 5,357 schools and buildings in fifteen states throughout the Jim Crow South.
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A delegation of Lake Alfred Arican American citizens petitioned the Polk County Board of Public Instruction to erect a school for their children. Permission was granted and the Fruitlands Institute opened in 1929, named for the local real estate company which donated the land. The school was a Two-Teacher Type funded by African Americans $600, Whites $350, Public $1836, Rosenwald $500. The school was taken down in 1964.
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Lake Alfred, FL, The Lake Alfred Historical Society and The Polk County Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 429392 N 3108662
Decimal Degrees28.10156667, -81.71878333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 6.094', W 81° 43.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 6' 5.64" N, 81° 43' 7.6200000000001" W
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