Lumpkin Academy

Lumpkin Academy (HMI46)

Location: Oglethorpe, GA 31068 Macon County
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N 32° 17.433', W 84° 3.954'

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Horace T. Lumpkin (1857-1930) A Virginia native and son of exslaves, is credited with introducing formal education to black children in Macon County. Lumpkin, who was educated at Knoxville College, Tennessee and Atlanta University, founded the Lumpkin Academy in 1886. In 1889, land was purchased at this site for the school.

The two-story, wood-frame structure was constructed and operated with the financial support of ex-Oglethorpe resident Mrs. W.L. Peel. Students at Lumpkin Academy studied reading, writing, arithmetic, English, science, geography, history, mathmatics, and astronomy. Professor Lumpkin, as he was known, often sought jobs around town in order to teach his students agriculture, carpentry and landscaping. Music and band were also available. When Rosenwald Schools for black children opened their doors in Macon County in the early 1930's. Lumpkin Academy, its founder deceased and its aging building in disrepair, closed its doors permanently.
HM NumberHMI46
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Rosenwald Schools series.
Marker Number096-3
Year Placed1992
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 776316 N 3576423
Decimal Degrees32.29055000, -84.06590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 17.433', W 84° 3.954'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 17' 25.98" N, 84° 3' 57.24" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 418 Asbury Rd, Oglethorpe GA 31068, US
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