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Do you know of any one-room schoolhouses that are still active?

One-room schoolhouses were common in rural communities before the 1940s, but they often meant that more advanced courses were not offered to many students. To solve this problem, an attempt was made to consolidate smaller schools into larger ones where teachers of advanced studies could be acquired.

Three smaller combined

This is the case with Goodman school in Coffee County, Alabama.  Three smaller schools were consolidated into one larger school. The photographs in the film and below by Marion Post Wolcott from 1939 reveal the improved accommodations.

One of old schools which was consolidated into Goodman School. Coffee County, AlabamaOne of the old schools which was consolidated into Goodman School. Coffee County, Alabama – The foundation seemed very unstable in this one (photograph Library of Congress)

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One of old schools which was consolidated into Goodman School. Coffee County, Alabama2Old school which was consolidated into Goodman School. Coffee County, Alabama

Interior of classroom in old Goodman school (the new Goodman school replaced three smaller schools). Coffee County, Alabama2Interior of classroom in old Goodman school (the new Goodman school replaced three smaller schools) Coffee County, Alabama

First Grade children in Goodman School, Coffee county, AlabamaFirst grade class in new Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama 1939

New school and community building. Goodman School at noon hour. Coffee County, AlabamaNew school and community building. Goodman School at noon hour. Coffee County, Alabama 1939 (Library of Congress)

Recreation evening at community school under direction of WPA (Work Projects Administration) recreational supervisor. Coffee County, AlabamaThe new school served as a community building as well. This was a recreation evening at the community school under the direction of WPA (Work Projects Administration) recreational supervisor. Coffee County, Alabama 1939

Nurse, Miss Teal, weighing child in health room of Goodman School. Coffee County, AlabamaNurse, Miss Teal, weighing child in health room of Goodman School. Coffee County, Alabama 1939

Group of men and women at evening class conducted by Miss Velma Patterson, vocational home ec worker from Elba, and other at Mount Zion school. Coffee County, AlabamaGroup of men and women at evening class conducted by Miss Velma Patterson, vocational home economics worker from Elba and other workers at Mount Zion school. Coffee County, Alabama

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation: Lost & Forgotten Stories  is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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