Historic Markers Across Georgia

Building Together for Youth

Marker ID: GHM 060-116
Location: William Borders Holmes St just north of Decatur St, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.135    W 084° 22.526
  33.75225    -84.37543
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4D1K
Building Together for Youth  Marker  


The National Congress of Colored parents and teachers grew from a meeting called at the request of Selena Sloan Butler through the school principle, Cora B. Finley, at Young Street School, March 14, 1911. As interest grew, other school units were created throughout the city and organized into the Parent-Teacher Council of Atlanta. A state organization was formed in the lecture room of Bethel A. M. E. Church in Atlanta, May 6, 1921. Mrs. Butler was elected first State President at that meeting.

The sixth annual state meeting held at Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta, four states (Georgia; Alabama, Delaware, and Florida) sent delegates and national body was formed, May 7, 1926. A number of other states and the District of Columbia soon joined the organization. Mrs. Butler was e1ected first National president and is honored today as the founder of the National Congress of Colored parents and teachers.

Her efforts at Young Street School, renamed Henry Rutherford Butler Elementary School to honor her husband, have been well received throughout the country.