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MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE, COLLEGE HILL SCHOOL FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, HISTORY

This photo shows a picture of what was the College Hill School for Blacks in 1902. We show this because this school formed the foundation for the follow-on Carver-Smith High School. The inset photos at the top were of Professor J.H. Kelly & his capable understudy R.G. Johnson. Professor Kelly was instrumental in early school effort of Maury County for African-Americans. Struggling against overwhelming odds he made great progress toward improving the educational needs of African-American children and other children of freed slaves in the Columbia Tennessee area.


This next Article written by Maury County Archivist Bob Duncan is a bit hard to read because of the size of the image, but patience and a magnifying glass tells this colorful story in more detail.I do not know the date of the article, but it was likely published in the Columbia Herald in recent years.

J. H Kelly, one of the founding fathers of black education in Maury County
Tennessee, shown here years before the formation of Carver-Smith High School.

   

Self explanatory writings on the Carver-Smith High School.


The source of the last four images came from this brochure of African-American Heritage from the Middle Tennessee Visitors Bureau. You may acquire one of these by calling 1-888-852-1860. There is history
in this pamphlet,
not included here. Added here 1 Jan 2010.

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