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Dedication of Jackman High commemorative well attended

Event takes place Saturday, August 12, 2006, on beautiful day at site
George Kolbenschlag photographs accompany this article
About 50 people were on hand Saturday, August 12, 2006, for the Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce ceremony dedicating the commemoration plaque, flagstaff, and plantings marking the site of Jackman Graded and High School.



Jackman High was first built in 1925 and served the African-American community, grades 1-12, until it burned in 1953.

It was the only high school for African-American students in Adair and surrounding counties, and served students from Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Russell Counties.

Jackman was one of five Rosenwald Schools in Adair County. Partially funded by Julius Rosenwald, with a matching grant that required the community to provide additional funding, there were 158 of the schools built for African American students in Kentucky and a total of 4,977 schools, 217 teachers' homes, and 163 vocational shops throughout 15 segregated states.

Rosenwald was the CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company. He grew up in a poor Jewish family and wanted to use his wealth to help stop the horrors of racial prejudice.

After the 1954 court Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, the United States Supreme Court decision desegregating schools, and additional court action supported by the NAACP and spearheaded locally by the late Earl Willis, Adair County's schools were finally integrated with little additional incident.
Thanks to George Kolbenschlag for the story above


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Commemorating Jackman Graded and High School



2006-08-16 - Taylor ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Kolbschlag. At the Saturday, August 12, 2006, Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for the commemorative plaque and flag staff on the site of Jackman High, are, from left, Charles Barnes, June Parson, Mrs. Dorothy Murray (property owner), Charles Curry (yellow shirt), Houston Murray (property owner), Ann Melton, Donna Frazier, Jerry Vaughan, J. M. Shelley, Bobby Bowe, Pat Bell, Steve Cheatham, Mike Loy and Sue Stivers. The mini-park is on Taylor Street, at the site of Jackman Graded and High School, which burned in 1953, three years before Adair County Schools were integrated.
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A teacher at Jackman High speaks at ceremony: Edna Crow



2006-08-16 - Taylor ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Kolbenschlag. Edna Crow who taught at Jackman High, recalled the days at the school and life in Columbia back then. She now lives in Louisville, KY.
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Jackman High commemorative dedication: Mrs. Wilma Brown



2006-08-16 - Taylor ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Kolbenschlag. A definite crowd pleaser, Mrs. Wilma Brown returned to Columbia from her present home in Louisville, KY, to regale the assembled with memories of her days as a teacher at Jackman school. She is flanked by Associate Pastor Howard Britt of 2nd Christian Church, Columbia, KY; and, on right, a very approving Charles Curry. The dedication event was held Saturday, August 12, 2006.

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