190 Years Old and Looking Good!

Franklin Academy, chartered in 1821, was the first public school in Mississippi, which gained statehood in 1817.  This image shows the third school building, which was completed in 1886.  Its predecessors included a frame structure with dimensions of only 30 x 40 feet and then two brick structures divided between male and female departments.  Following the Civil War, the school was occupied as a barracks and campground by U.S. soldiers.  The building above was designated an elementary school in 1918 and replaced by the current brick structure seen below in 1939.

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I am trying to help my daughter find the name of her teacher when she was in the 3rd grade at Franklin Academ in 1970.

    My daughters name is Dawn Darice Donley and she attended Franklin from the first through 6th grade and had a picture of each class except for her 3rd grade.

    I just wanted to know if you can research her name and find out her teacher for me.

    Thank you for any help you can provide.

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