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African American Schools
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      The WPA was prolific at building, improving, and repairing schools across the nation.  The WPA was also prolific at building, improving, and repairing African American schools; a very important endeavor during those legally and socially segregated times.  

     (See my Port Deposit School exhibit for another African American school built by the WPA)

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Photo credits: Unless otherwise noted, all black and white photos were taken by the WPA, are in the public domain, and provided courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.  All color photos--unless otherwise noted--were taken by Brent McKee.  Click here for more information on photo credits, permission to use, and exhibit descriptions.

 You can scroll through all the photos below, or jump to the section you want to see:

The Kennard School in Centreville (Queen Anne's County)

African American School in Crisfield (Somerset County)

African American School in Pocomoke (Worcester County)

African American School in Easton (Talbot County)

 

 The Kennard School (Centreville, Queen Anne's County)


Above: The Kennard School in Centreville, Queen Anne's County (Maryland WPA project #125, circa 1936).  According to the Kennard Alumni Association, the school was named after Lucretia Kennard, an inspirational educator in Queen Anne's county in the early 1900s, who died just three years before the building's contruction.  The school appears to have operated as a junior high and high school from 1936 to 1966, then as an elementary school for some period after that.  The building fell into a state of disrepair, but is currently being rehabilitated.  (Photographed in 2011)


Above: Excavating the basement of the Kennard School, November 29, 1935.


Above: Framing the Kennard School, March 16, 1936.


Above: Landscaping around the Kennard School, March 30, 1936.


Above: The completed Kennard School, November 18, 1937.

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 African American School in Crisfield (Somerset County)

Above: This African American School in Crisfield (Somerset County) was built in 1938, and was Maryland WPA project #3133.  Sadly, this interesting building has been completely--or nearly completely--demolished, replaced by a newer school. 

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 African American School in Pocomoke (Worcester County)

Above: This picture shows the framing of an African American school in Pocomoke (Worcester County) in April of 1936.  This was Maryland WPA project #484.


Above: Continuing construction of the Pocomoke African American school, July 14, 1936.


Above: Students standing in front of the Pocomoke African American school, on dedication day, December 26, 1936. 


Above: Parents at the Pocomoke African American school, on dedication day, December 26, 1936.

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 African American School in Easton (Talbot County)

Above: The building of an African American high school in Easton (Talbot County), March 6, 1937.  This was Maryland WPA project #3077. 

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