Segregated college in Jacksonville Seashore was property to Black learners

JACKSONVILLE Beach front —  Though there is an understated elegance to its brick development and very long windows, the outdated schoolhouse is very little extravagant: a simple rectangle that at the time held four classrooms.

With inbound links to a girl born into slavery who went on to educate small children in her kitchen, it became recognized by a number of names: University #144, Jacksonville Seashore Coloured College and Jacksonville Beach front Elementary. 

For generations of Black residents at the Beach locations, it grew to become a distinct mark of pride, a centerpiece and social heart for the local community — as perfectly as a refuge during Hurricane Dora in 1964.

In the days just before desegregation, young ones arrived from the streets around the faculty, a Black neighborhood recognized as the Hill, as very well as from Atlantic Seaside and Mayport. It even drew some region young ones from the San Pablo location across the Ditch.