“Unconstitutional” 231 School Had Short History

Frow Chips, March/April, 2021, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian In 1962, eight years after the U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, the Rutherford County school system opened a new segregated school facility on U. S. Highway 231 South. The all black faculty taught black students…

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Cross Lanes School (Christiana) 1868-1908

CROSS LANES SCHOOL, sometimes called CROSS ROADS and KATY’S ACADEMY f 1. 1868-1908, was located about four miles southeast of Christiana on the south side of Wayside Road at its intersection with Woodfin and Sledge Roads. Judge Tillman Davis Johnson wrote in his “Memoirs”: “During that same period I went…

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Big Springs School, 1918-1941

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1918-1941 was built on the site of the former school. In 1918 there was a dire need for a new school. Will Newman was the teacher and his father owned the sawmill nearby. After the people of the community had brought their logs to be sawed, the…

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Big Spring School, 1881-1899

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1881-1898 or 1899 was an upper school about one mile east of Big Spring on the south side of Big Spring Road and west of the Baptist church. On August 22, 1881, W. D. Mankin signed a deed for a school to School Commissioners W. B. Mankin,…

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1948 Kittrell High School Basketball Team

January 14, 2021 RCHS Board Member Bill Wilson My father played basketball for Kittrell High School as shown in this 1948 photo. Metal detector enthusiast Wayne Reed is behind the ball and my father – Floyd Wilson – is to the right of him. Coach Jack Jarrett is top left.…

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De Jarnett School (Barfield), 1883-1893

DE JARNETT SCHOOL 1883 – c 1893 was on the east side of the West Fork of Stones River and on the north side of the road that runs from Barfield to the Shelbyville Highway. The name De Jarnett on the 1878 Beers Map shows the location of the farm.…

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Barfield Baptist Heralds 122 Years of Active Ministry

On November 15, 2020, Barfield Baptist Church realized a dream come true, as they celebrated a new expansive building at 550 Veterans Parkway in their new sanctuary. Today we will reflect on the earliest history of this special congregation. The hub of Barfield in primitive days included a general store,…

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Rockvale Public School, 1910-1927

ROCKVALE PUBLIC SCHOOL 1910-1927 was located halfway between Concord and Rockvale and was a consolidation of the two schools. The school was built on the west side of State Road 99 on the present campus. It opened as ROCKVALE CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL on Sept. 10, 1910 and finished the year…

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