Historic Markers Across Tennessee

African-American Schools

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Location: on Natchez St. at Carter St., Franklin, TN
County: Williamson
Coordinates: N 35° 55.061    W 086° 52.681
  35.91768333    -86.87801666
Waymark: WM9MY


From 1888 until 1967, African-American students were educated on this site. First known as Claiborne Institute, in honor of Prof. Willis Claiborne (1862-1892), later schools here were known as Franklin Colored (1907-1925), Franklin Training (1925-1961), and Natchez High (1961-1967). The present building, known as Claiborne-Hughes Health Center since 1982, was built in 1949. Johnson Elementary School, built in 1958 on Glass Lane, relieved the crowded campus. Principals here were W. F . Reynolds, Maggie Washington, Carrie Otey, James K. Hughes, Dr. I. H. Hampton, E. E . Pitts, J. R. Watkins, and Charles B. Spencer. Integration of public schools was realized in 1967, 13 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit.

Williamson County Historical Society