— Museum Of African American History —In November 1870, William A. Golding, an African American memberof the Georgia Legislature, wrote the American Missionary Association (AMA) on behalf of the people of Liberty County requesting a teacher. "They want a teacher," he wrote, "preferably one southern born, but would accept any available instructor." In 1871, the AMA responded to the requests of the community. Eliza Ann Ward, a staunch abolitionist from Massachusetts who previously taught in both Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina, was sent to open a school in Golding's Grove. The school and church were locally called "Golding's Grove" because William A. Golding donated the buildings and the surrounding land. She established the Homestead School and it opened in January 1871. The school accepted students at all levels. Ward was astonished at the rapid progress of the students and their desire to learn.
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|Placed By||City of Flemington|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:10am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 456002 N 3518544|
|Decimal Degrees||31.80165000, -81.46480000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 48.099', W 81° 27.888'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 48' 5.94" N, 81° 27' 53.28" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8600-9098 Hwy 84, Midway GA 31320, US|
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