The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

WALLACE GROVE SCHOOL
Rutledge, Morgan County

Built in 1901, the Wallace Grove School building is the last in situ school building of approximately 100 schools built for African-Americans in Madison County between 1871 and 1910. Pastor Tommy Chatman and the congregation were determined to restore the building as closely as possible to its original state. The pastor and his team conducted the work inside and out, carefully following the Secretary of the Interior's guidelines for restoration, retaining as much historic material as possible. The congregation and the community protected an important resource and created the opportunity to interpret Morgan County's educational history and black history for years to come.

 

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