African-American Education in Newton County, Georgia

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Newton County Schools

Washington Street School (Covington).
Third grade teachers Ms. Eva Wright and Ms. Sarah Hardeman with their students.
also pictured , Professor Nathaniel H. Mitchell
During the era of segregation, African-American high schools in the county were:

County common schools for African-American students included:
  • Almon
  • Bentley School (one room schoolhouse) near Alcovy River
  • Butler's Chapel
  • Dixie (east Newton Co.)
  • Graves Chapel
  • Harwell Hill
  • Heard's Chapel
  • Leguinn
  • Little Bethel
  • Livingstone Chapel
  • Macedonia
  • Mansfield
  • Montgomery
  • Newborn
  • New Hope
  • Nixon
  • The Oxford Colored School (Rosenwald)
  • Park's Grove
  • Poplar Hill
  • Rocky Plains
  • Rose Hill Elementary (Porterdale)
  • Richard's Chapel
  • Simm's Chapel
  • Spring Hill
  • Tuck's Chapel
  • Union

When young African-Americans boycotted the Newton County public school system in the spring of 1970 St. Paul's AME Church served as the only freedom school in the county.

Published Resources

  • The History of Newton County contains historical material on a number of African-American schools in the county
  • "Each One, Teach One. From School to Community Center. Washington Street's Past & Present. the Journey of Washington Street School from 1883-2003" (Contact the Washington Street Community Center)

On line Resources

For more information about the African-American Historical Association of Newton County, or to share information about the county's African-American history, please contact the association president Mr. Forrest Sawyer, Jr. (770) 788-0792