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Hampton School

Lillian SchoolPhoto courtesy of Fisk University Franklin Library, Special Collections

This two-teacher school was built for the 1923-24 school year. It was constructed on two acres of land and cost $4,000. Of this total, $500 came from the black community, $2,800 from public funds (provided by the Durham County school board), and $700 came from the Rosenwald Fund. The Hampton School was located in Mangum Township. It was begun during the tenure of Jeanes supervisor Mattie Day and completed during that of supervisor Carrie Jordan.

A school for black children existed in the Hampton area by 1902, but like most schools provided for these children in that era, it was likely a hand-me-down or "recycled" school that had been decommissioned as a school for white children.

For the 1929-30 school year, an addition was built, making the school large enough for three teachers. The addition cost $1,525, with $27 coming from the black community, $1,348 from public funds, and $150 from the Rosenwald Fund. This addition was constructed due to overcrowding that began soon after the school was open and was very evident by 1927, when two teachers were serving 100 students. Black parents submitted a request for the addition at a school board meeting.

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