Orange City Colored School Historical

Orange City Colored School Historical (HM1X2S)

Location: Orange City, FL 32763 Volusia County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 56.508', W 81° 17.7918242'

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The Orange City Colored School was the first building in town constructed for education of African Americans. Before it opened in 1927, various buildings had been adapted for use as classrooms but were small and poorly lighted. Inspired by her progressive values and the needs of the growing black population, Dr. Frances Dickenson donated five acres of land for the school. Funding was provided by the Board of Public Instruction of Volusia County and a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, which furnished plans and $1,100 to build the four teacher community school. Associated with what is now Tuskegee University, the Rosenwald program was a major force in rural school design, creating models of positive, orderly, and healthy environments for learning. Herman L. Nordman built the masonry structure with large banks of windows according to "Floor Plan No. 400." This school is one of the four Rosenwald Schools built in Volusia County. Historically, the school taught students first through eighth grade, but the upper grades were discontinued in the 1930's, those students who could find transportation attended Orange City School.
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The first principal was William King. Early teachers Marian L. Coleman,
Eva King, Henry J. King, Pauline Poole, Turie Thornton Small, T.E. Thornton, Rosa E, Williams, and Louis King. Marian Coleman was educated in Jacksonville and attended Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. Her pay in the 1930's amounted to seventy dollars per month, and her appointment as principal in 1943 brought in another ten dollars monthly. In the early 1960's, the Orange City school was renamed the Marian L. Coleman School in her honor. One of the school's prominent students was Evelyn Wiggins Sharp, who received a Ph.D. from New York University and taught in Volusia County. She was appointed an advisor to the Iranian Ministry of Education for the US. State Department in 1960, and worked in Tehran to raise standards of living, literacy, and agricultural practice. When the school closed in 1969, students were transferred to Deland. The building then served as a community center, reception facility, and a church. In 1984, it housed the Marian L. Coleman Head Start program. The former school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
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HM NumberHM1X2S
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Volusia County Historic Preservation Board, Village Improvement Association, Orange City Women’s Club and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees28.94180000, -81.29653040
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 56.508', W 81° 17.7918242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 56' 30.48" N, 81° 17' 47.509452" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)386, 904, 407
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 E Blue Springs Ave, Orange City FL 32763, US
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