Colored Memorial School, 1923, Brunswick

In 1870, the Freedmen’s School was established as the first public school for African-Americans in Brunswick. Colored Memorial High School, designed by Cloister architect Francis L. Abreu, was built adjacent to the Freedmen’s School in 1923* and named to honor African-American veterans of World War I. The Freedmen’s School was replaced by Risley High School in 1936 and served the community until 1955 when a new Risley High School was built elsewhere. It was named Risley School, for Captain Douglas Gilbert Risley, who advocated for the school as the head of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

*- The 1922 date on the building is the date the cornerstone was laid by Dr. H. R. Butler.

National Register of Historic Places

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2 responses to “Colored Memorial School, 1923, Brunswick

  1. Deborah

    Wow! Next time we ride through Brunswick, we’ll have to look for this building. Love the details on buildings built in past years! And any of these dedicated/named for an important person should be preserved…it’s historically significant.

  2. boatwrite55

    Interestingly, there’s a Cloister reference here…

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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