Powell School

Powell School (HMHPN)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35203 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 31.29', W 86° 48.21'

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Birmingham's first public school was named for Colonel James R. Powell, the city's first elected Mayor. This energetic promoter also served as the first President of the Elyton Land Company (now Birmingham Realty). which founded the city in 1871. Two years later, Colonel John T. Terry led the fund raising to establish a "free school for white children." The school was "free" only of ties to a religious institution for fees were charged according to grade level. Mayor Powell donated his salary, police court fines and other city fees to support the school.
The present red brick Victorian Gothic style structure, designed by S. J. Hall of Cleveland, Ohio in 1888, is the third Powell School. Until 1918, the school accommodated grades one through twelve and for a time served as a training school for prospective teachers.
Year Placed1991
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission / Central City Neighborhood Association and the Birmingham Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 3:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 518247 N 3709120
Decimal Degrees33.52150000, -86.80350000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 31.29', W 86° 48.21'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 31' 17.40" N, 86° 48' 12.60" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 588-598 24th St N, Birmingham AL 35203, US
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