PCHA to present program on Historic African-American Schools of Polk County

Published 8:45 am Friday, April 7, 2023

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The Polk County Historical Association is pleased to sponsor April’s program on the historic African-American schools of Polk County. The presentation will take place on April 11 in Columbus.


Topics of the program will include nearly all of the schools for young black students that operated from the late 1800s until the 1960s, such as Lovejoy Mission School, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Stony Knoll Elementary, Cobb Elementary, Edmund Embury School, Pea Ridge Elementary, Ponder Elementary and Union Grove Elementary School will be discussed.

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A panel of individuals who actually attended these schools will be sharing stories about their education in rural Polk County. The program will include a combination of in-person presenters and recorded video. Among those citizens speaking will be Carver Jackson, Jennie Twittty Smith, Rev. Spencer Wilkins, Mae Carolyn Jackson Williams and Alphia Little Wills.


The program will start at 2 p.m. at the Polk County Historical Museum on Tuesday, April 11. The museum is located at 60 Walker Street in downtown Columbus. This is a free event, and the public is encouraged to attend. 


Submitted by John Vining