Gilmore Academy - Jackson County Training School
Jackson County, Florida
Gilmore Academy established 1922 by Robert T. Gilmore
|In 1922, Robert T. Gilmore, an African American, donated three acres
of land on the corner of Orange and Clay Strees as permanent school site
for Black students in Jackson County. The school - Gilmore Academy - operated
from 1922 to 1940 and produced its first graduating class in 1931. The first
graduating class consisted of three girls - Maggie Pender Atwater, Ethel
Massey, and Susie Leeks Baker. Maggie Atwater, a Jackson County educator
for 37 years, still lives in Marianna.
Gilmore Academy became Jackson County Training School (JCTS), a union school with grades 1-12, and operated from 1940 until 1970. However, in 1952, a new elementary school building (the first built by the County for African Americans) was completed on South Street. In 1956, a new high school was completed on the same South Street site.
The class of 1970 was the final graduating class bearing the name, Jackson County Training School (JCTS). It was then renamed, Marianna Middle School.
Orange and Black
The Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School
Will hold its annual meeting and reunion, June 29- July 2, 2000, in Marianna,
Registration will be held June 29 from 3-7, p.m. at the McClane Community Center on the West End. For more information, contact Linda Jones at (850)526-5714 or Roy Roulhac e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 29, 2000
3 pm - 7 pm - Registration, McClane Community Center
Friday, June 30, 2000
9 am - Spelling Bell/Oratorical Contest, St James A.M.E. Church
4 pm Parade - Orange Street
8 - 9 pm Social Hour
9 pm - Dance, National Guard Armory
Saturday, July 1, 2000
10 am - Annual Meeting, GA-JCTS Alum. Ass'n, St James A.M.E. Church
1 pm - GA-JCTS "Be Out Day" National Guard Armory
Sunday, July 2, 2000
11 am - Worship Service, Second West FLorida Baptist Ass'n
(Add meetings and events of interest)
April 27, 1841 - February 8, 1926
by Odell Robinson E-mail - email@example.com
Benjamin Franklin Livingston, politician, member of the Florida House of Representatives, County Commissioner for Jackson County, Florida; City Councilman and Post Master for the city of Marianna, Jackson County, Florida.
Fortune is credited with having coined the term, ``Afro-American.'' In 1890, Fortune founded the Afro-American League, a forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
T. THOMAS FORTUNE
A. Purdee, whom I have known for many years as a reliable and good citizen, wrote me, at my request, his recollections, as an eye witness, of the burning of St. Luke's Church at Marianna, during what is known as the Battle of Marianna, as follows: W. H. Milton
Jackson County, Florida
We will be surveying all the African American Cemeteries in Jackson County, Florida. We need volunteers to help with this massive project. If you can survey a cemetery please e-mail and register the cemetery that you choose.
We also need the history of all Churches and pictures of the Churches and Cemeteries. e-mail
Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.
Roy L. Roulhac - Editor - Phone (313) 833-0675 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryl J. McGriff - Associate Editor
Items for the newsletter should be sent to the editor.
Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training
School Alumni Association, Inc.
Detroit MI 48208
Vol 1 No 1 - (September 1996)
It Was a Grand Success!!
The Idea of an Alumni Association
The GA-JCTS Alumni Association
Food For Thought
Vol 1 No 2 - (April 1997)
GA-JCTS Alumni Association Incorporated
GA-JCTS Alumni Association Incorporators
Organization Meeting Set
1998 Annual Meeting & Reunion
A Foundation Well-Laid: JCTS Prepared Me For Life
Letter to Editor
What Men Live For
The Jacksonian Voice
Vol 1 No 3 - (September 1997)
1998 GA-JCTS All School Reunion Plans Set
1997 Annual Meeting
GA-JCTS Web Site
Do You Remember
Come to Me
Jackson County History
Vol 1 No 4 (April 1998)
Celebrating Our Heritage
Charter Members as of May 1, 1998
Through A Slave's Eyes
The Jackson Voice
Proposed Annual Meeting Agenda
Choir Members Needed
Vol 2 No 1 (September 1998)
African-American Life in Jackson County
Framing the Past & Visualizing the Future
Minutes - 1998 Annual Meeting
Charter Members (May 1 - July 1998)
Vol 2 No. 2 (April 1999)
A Picture is Worth . . .
World War I Memorial?
Framing the Past and Visualizing the Future
Notice of Annual Meeting
NAACP Investigates the Claude Neal Lynching
Vol 2 No 3 (September 1999)
Tax-Exempt Status Granted
Book in Final Stage!
Year 2000 Homecoming
Destiny of Race Uncertain
I Dream a World
Vol 2 No. 4 (April 2000)
West Florida Industrial College Staff and Students - 1926-27
The Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Ass'n, Inc., announces the publication of the following book: Jackson County, Florida
The book douments the lives of African Americans in Jackson County from the antebellum period through the difficult and violent Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras to the increasing tolerance of the last century. Jackson County, FL tells the singular story of this proud community's struggles and successes.
To become a Member
Gilmore-Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.
Enclosed is $20 for my membership dues Class Year _______
First Middle or Maiden Last
Phone_______________________ Fax Number______________________
E-Mail Address ___________________
Make Check Payable to GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 6403
Marianna FL 32447
GA-JCTS SCHOOL REUNION
June 29 - July 2, 2000
PHONE (Area Code)______________(Number)___________________________
GA-JCTS Alumni $75.00 (included t-shirt)
GA-JCTS Alumni married to each other $85.00 (includes two t-shirts, Extra t-shirts $10 each.
Total Amount Enclosed $________
T-shirt sizes Quantity
XXL ____ XL ____ Large ____ Medium ____
Make Check or money order payable to:
GA-JCTS School Reunion
P. O. Box 6403
Marianna, FL 32447
GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc.
Board of Directors
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Roy L Roulhac
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