[Warning: LOTS OF PHOTOS BEHIND THE CUT; over 50 in all]
Councill High School
This was one of the schools for black people during segregation. It got closed down after desegregation, because of course white fokes wouldn't want to (gasp) go to a BLACK PEOPLE school.
"William Hooper Councill
High School Site
The first public school for African-Americans in the city of Huntsville was named for the founder of the Alabama A&M University. The site, selected by a committee headed by the Rev. W. E. Gaston, was donated by the Davis-Lowe family.
Founded in 1867 in the basement of Lakeside Methodist Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street, the school was moved to a frame building on this site in 1892. The first diplomas were granted in 1912. A brick structure replaced the original building in 1927.
The school was closed due to integration, graduating its last class in 1966."
I have a personal connection with the building because I took dance and theatre classes there when I was young; it was used as an arts building. Funds ran out for that, and it was occupied afterwards by United Way, until even they had to move out. Now it's just a home for squatters.( Collapse )
I was lucky to visit when I did- not long after, the doors and windows were covered in plywood to block entry.