Bethel School (Black), 1900-1967

BETHEL SCHOOL BLACK 1900-1967 a Rosenwald school, was first located on land which joined Little Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Holly Grove Road. The land was donated to Rutherford County by the United Sons of Relief Lodge. BETHEL SCHOOL was preceded by CRAWFORD SCHOOL inthe area. The second location of…

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Silver Spring School (Black), 1891-1959

SILVER SPRING SCHOOL BLACK 1891-1959 was on the east side of Florence Road which runs north of the Nashville Highway. The site was near the river, just south of the intersection of Wade Herrod Road. It was next to achurch. On August 28, 1891, a deed for one and one-half…

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Charles Davis School (black), closed 1895

CHARLES DAVIS SCHOOL BLACK closed 1895 was “built in a green pasture before the creek to Guild Hill corner and on the property of Charles Davis.” It was in the area of Old Jefferson. The school was a one-room, one-teacher school. The last teacher was Kitty Howse. Turner Peebles, 87…

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Locke’s School (Black) 1878-1965

LOCKE’S SCHOOL was built on land given by Charles Locke for a school and a church. It was on the south side of Spanntown Road just west of its intersection with the Almaville Road. There have been several school buildings. At first the school was taught in the church. In…

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Bryant’s Grove School (Black) 1880-c1940

BRYANTS GROVE SCHOOL BLACK 1880-c1940 was on the south side of Couchville Pike near the Davidson County line. It was on land given for a school and church by Henry Bryant and wife on August 28, 1880 and by Will Bryant and wife Hattie on January 13, 1913. The two…

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True Blue Pioneers: First African American Athletes Honored

February 14, 2020, Michael Linn White, Murfreesboro City TV MTSU’s first African American Athletes were honored at a special event on campus. These trailblazing former students discussed what it was like to be a minority in the 1960’s and how their time at MTSU impacted not only them, but the…

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La Vergne School (Black), 1877-1884

LA VERGNE SCHOOL BLACK 1920’s-l952 was on a dirt lane which ran south of La Vergne and was between and parallel to the present Buster Mason and Waldron Roads. The lane is no longer there. The school was a one-room weatherboarded building. Grades taught were one through eight. Teachers were…

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Salem School (Black)

SALEM SCHOOL BLACK 1940 was on the east side of Kimbro Road and about one mile south of the Salem Road. The schoolhouse was a frame building with two rooms. Among the teachers were Catherine Jackson, Ollie B. Officer, Lillian Hammons, and Willa Morton Kimbro Foster. Picola Smith taught sewing…

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Rockvale School (Black) 1870-1936

ROCKVALE SCHOOL BLACK 1870-1936 or 1937 was on the west side of Versailles Road about one hundred yards south of the Rockvale Store. On May 24, 1870, Francis Jackson gave one acre of land to the School for Colored People, Church of God, or African Branch of the M. E.…

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