Alpharetta, Georgia – The City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta and Old Milton County Historical Society are joining forces to gather historical documents, photographs, and stories. Their goal is to create a documentary that highlights the significant role of the Bailey-Johnson School & Community in the city’s history.
This initiative seeks contributions from the community in the form of loaned documents, copies of photos, and any information that can shed light on the school’s impact and legacy. The Bailey-Johnson School is not just a chapter in Alpharetta’s history; it’s a testament to the journey towards educational equality in the area.
An important piece of the school’s history is captured in an upcoming historical marker. It states: “In 1950, Bailey-Johnson School opened as the Alpharetta Colored School to serve African American students in grades 1 through 12 from Sandy Springs northward. Before the opening of this new school, African American students in North Fulton who wished to attend high school had to enroll in Atlanta City Schools at their own expense. When Bailey-Johnson School closed on this site in May 1967, segregation officially ended in North Fulton’s public schools.”
This call for contributions is a unique opportunity for individuals to be part of preserving and sharing the Bailey-Johnson School’s story. Anyone with information, documents, or photos that can contribute to this project is encouraged to reach out. The Cultural Services Division of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Services is eager to connect with those who have stories to tell. To share your information about the school or community, please get in touch at [email protected].