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The Hungerford School – Eatonville, Florida

Eatonville is one of several African American towns settled across the United States after the Civil War, incorporated in 1887. All of the town’s officials and residents were black. Eatonville’s most famous resident was playwright and novelist  Zora Neale Hurston.

Hungerford School Building Circa 1914

Hungerford School Building Circa 1914

The Robert Hungerford Normal and Industrial School  was one of a several secondary schools founded for (and often by) black people in Florida after the Civil War, including – Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 11, 2009 in Black History


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“The Tuskeegee of the North” – The Bordentown School in New Jersey

There is a myth formulated by some that black folks weren’t (and aren’t) interested in education, and somehow – before the Brown vs Board of Education decision didn’t develop facilities of their own. I’ve previously discussed the “Jenny Dean” School in Mananas, Virginia and Maggie Walker in Richmond, Virginia.

The New Jersey Historical Society has developed a film about the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth, or “Bordentown School” as known to locals.

Here is an old film about “Bordentown”. It looks to have been shot in the late 30’s or mid 40’s –

Documentary chronicles Bordentown school as ‘A Place out of Time’

The school’s bloodlines go back to Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. It was visited by Washington, Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Joe Louis. Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole played there. So did Althea Gibson. Those are the big names.

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Posted by on July 22, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life


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