Presidents Island school house may be spared

I posted last month about the continuing demolition at the Fairgrounds and wondered about the fate of the one-room school house from Presidents Island.  Once a part of Mid-South Fair exhibits, the structure now sits boarded up in the shadow of the Arena Building.  I had a comment on that post today with a link to a new blog: Presidents Island One Room Schoolhouse.  It seems that East High School has acquired the building and will convert it to a museum to:

“……… to turn this one room school house into a walk through museum on the grounds of East High School. The museum will serve as a commemoration to Sharecropper Schools, Plessy V. Ferguson, Freedmen’s Burreau School, and Brown V. Board of Education.

Wishing  teacher Mark Scott and the students of East High School good luck and much success with this project.  Maybe they can built it on stilts as it was originally.

Presidents Island School House at the Fairgrounds

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  • amber morton

    I think it's good i dell that east high student want to save this historical. One room school house that would be history for our student.At east high school that would learn bests history fact about president island school house.Thats why i the president island school to be by east high school.

  • amber morton

    I think it's good i dell that east high student want to save this historical. One room school house that would be history for our student.At east high school that would learn bests history fact about president island school house.Thats why i the president island school to be by east high school.

  • Lindam683

    My mother attended that school as a child , and am so happy to heard that the school is being saved, and continue to be a part of history.

  • Linda, I hope it works out with the preservation. I think it is very interesting that your mother attended there. I am sure there are some historians in town would would like to learn more about the experience of living on President’s Island