Dorchester Academy

Dorchester Academy (HMA30)

Location: Midway, GA 31320 Liberty County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 48.09', W 81° 27.898'

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Formal education of blacks started with the Freedmen's Bureau in Liberty County. The Homestead School was continued with the aid of the American Missionary Association (AMA) and support of Reconstruction legislator William A. Golding. The AMA started with one acre of land and 77 students in 1870. In 1874, the Reverend Floyd Snelson succeeded Golding at the school. The AMA and Snelson built a new school and named it Dorchester Academy in honor of its Puritan lineage. In 1890, Dorchester Academy started a boarding school. By 1917, the school had eight frame buildings on 103 acres, 300 students, and become a fully accredited high school.

The academic program ceased in 1940, with the construction of a consolidated public school for black youth at Riceboro. All academic equipment plus $8,000 were transferrred toward that consolidation. Since, the facilities have served the community under the title Dorchester Cooperative Center, Inc. AMA continues financial support.
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HM NumberHMA30
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number089-26
Year Placed1983
Placed ByGeorgia Historic Marker
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 9:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 455986 N 3518527
Decimal Degrees31.80150000, -81.46496667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 48.09', W 81° 27.898'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 48' 5.40" N, 81° 27' 53.88" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8815 E Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway GA 31320, US
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