Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute

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Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute
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Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute is located in Alabama
Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute
Nearest city Snow Hill, Alabama
Coordinates 32°1′11″N 87°1′57″W / 32.01972°N 87.03250°W / 32.01972; -87.03250Coordinates: 32°1′11″N 87°1′57″W / 32.01972°N 87.03250°W / 32.01972; -87.03250
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman, Queen Anne
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 95000146[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 24, 1995
Designated ARLH July 14, 1981[2]

The Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute, also known as the Colored Industrial and Literary Institute of Snow Hill, was a historic African American school in Snow Hill, Alabama. It was founded in 1893 by Dr. William J. Edwards, a graduate of Tuskegee University, and began in a one-room log cabin. The school grew over time to include a campus of 27 buildings, a staff of 35, and over 400 students. The school was operated as a private school for African American children until Dr. Edward's retirement in 1924, when it became a public school operated by the State of Alabama. The school closed in 1973, after the desegregation of the Wilcox County school system. Out of the original 27 buildings, only eight survive today.[3] They range in architectural style from Queen Anne to Craftsman and include the founder's home, five teachers' cottages, and the library.[1] The National Snow Hill Alumni Association and the local Snow Hill Institute supporters determined to save the remaining structures in 1980.[3] The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 1995.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "The Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage" (PDF). Alabama Historical Commission. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on April 5, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Snow Hill Institute". Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2008-10-14.