Historic Markers Across Alabama

Elijah Cook

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: At the Montgomery City Hall on Madison St., Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.775    W 086° 18.446
  32.37958333    -86.30743333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCZ9N


Elijah Cook
Educator, Businessman, Lawmaker

Born a slave in Wetumpka in 1833, Elijah Cook became a leader in Montgomery's African American community. Credited with helping to establish the city's first school for blacks in the basement of the Old Ship AME Zion Church in 1865, he also selected the site for Swayne College (later Booker T. Washington School) that opened in 1868. In 1887, he assisted in posting the $10,000 surety bond to relocate the Lincoln School of Marion (later Alabama State University) to Montgomery. After serving in the legislature from 1874 to 1876, he opened an undertaking firm across from city hall in the early 1880s.

Sponsored by the City of Montgomery A
Alabama Historical Association

End of Elijah Cook