Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Historical marker at former school for African Americans to be dedicated Saturday, June 25

The old Midway Colored School, at 215 E. Walnut St., will become the site of a state historical marker next week. The building started out as Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1872. In 1911, the Woodford County school board bought the property and established a school for African Americans. It sold the property to the Midway board in 1936. The school closed at the end of the 1953-54 school year, after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated schools. It has since been used as a laundry, beauty shop and lodge, according to the Kentucky Historical Society, which will dedicate the marker at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

1 comment:

Marcie Christensen said...

The historic structure is now the home of Mollie M. Bradley. She and her husband, the late Walter T. Bradley, purchased the property in 1959 for their residence.

Mr. Bradley (1925-2004) was the first African American elected to the Midway City Council. The City Park is named after him.