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"Alabama's Rural Schools," and "Alabama, My Home: A Celebration of Rural Historical Schools," showcase the rural schools of Alabama. The exhibits were developed in cooperation with Bibb Graves High School students Jennifer Horne, Joanie Thomas, Rachel Beverly, Carmel White, Brandon Gardner, and Carmen Greer of Ms. Pam Horn's class from Millerville, Alabama, and the PACERS Small School Cooperative. Some of the photos can be seen here.
Selected from collections at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, most of the photographs were taken from the Alabama Department of Education Schools Photographic Collection to document school conditions around the state in 1911. The old 1892 schoolhouse, a single wooden room measuring 20' by 30', in District 21, Clay County, contrasts greatly with the massive facades of Disque High School, Gadsden, Etowah County, and Greenville Public School, Butler County, which were later built on modern multiple-level plans of brick at a substantial cost.
The importance of recognizing our heritage with these old schools is an integral part of the mission of PACERS. Since 1992 the PACERS program has represented a conscious attempt to bring the best possible standards of education to Alabama's often underestimated rural public schools. The 29 PACERS communities stress innovative programs like Better Schools Building Better Communities, and are sponsored by the Alabama Coalition of Citizens for Excellence in Small Schools, the program for Rural Services and Research at the University of Alabama, with additional funding from the Annenberg Rural Challenge and the Lyndhurst Foundation.
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Updated: September 30, 2009
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435