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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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