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Schools For Freedmen

Beale St., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 25.445472", -90° 3' 16.730388"
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The first free colored school in the city was opened in early 1863 in a barrack building in South Memphis. In 1864 the U.S. Army issued a general order authorizing its officers to hep with these schools for the education of freedmen. In 1865 there were 9 schools here. All were burned during the May 1866 race riot. In 1868-69 there were again 9 schools in operation in various locations in the city. One of these schools was located in this area.

Erected 1980 by Shelby County Historical Commission.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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