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Harrington Graded School, 1920s, St. Simons Island

The recent restoration of this historic African-American schoolhouse is one of the greatest preservation successes on the Georgia coast and should serve as a model for similar projects. After the Civil War and the collapse of the plantation economy, the descendants of enslaved persons remained on St. Simons and lived in the communities of South End, Jewtown, and Harrington. They were the dominant population on St. Simons until development in the early and mid-20th century changed the racial makeup of the island. Only remnants of their presence remain, and among them, the Harrington Graded School (thought to be a Rosenwald school), and Hazel’s Cafe, are the most significant.

The school served all three African-American communities until desegregation in the 1960s and was briefly used as a day care center until being abandoned in the early 1970s. It was eventually purchased by Glynn County and the St. Simons Land Trust but due to deterioration, it was slated for demolition in 2010. The Land Trust and the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition formed the Friends of Harrington School and saved the school house. Serious work began in 2015 and by December 2016, the school was restored to its former glory.

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Muhlenbergia, East Beach

Muhlenbergia is quite common in Georgia and is known for its bright pink blooms in autumn. It’s particularly nice to see in masses on the dunes.

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Sunset on Fancy Bluff Creek, Jekyll Island

 

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Maurice Road, Jekyll Island

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Memorial Day Weekend, St. Simons Island

Patriotic displays are the rule on Coast Guard Beach this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff for the summer season and huge crowds descend on all of Georgia’s beaches to celebrate and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our freedoms.

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Surf Fishing, St. Simons Island

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Driftwood Oaks, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Windworn Oaks Path Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Windworn Oaks Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Oak Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

 

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