African American Schools in Lauderdale County

16 Dec

In 1962 a survey report of the Lauderdale County schools was published. The following schools are listed as African-American schools and there were 2555 students enrolled between these schools.



Knob Creek*



Fort Pillow

Gold Dust Consolidated

Halls Consolidated

Johnson Consolidated

Lauderdale County High

Lillian Fountain

Palmer Turner

The survey report lists several of the deficiencies of these schools. For example, Lauderdale County High School was deficient because several students did not have textbooks in their classrooms and the library did not have an adequate amount of books given the number of students among other things.

Does anyone have any memories of attending these schools?

* indicates Rosenwald Schools

Source: Lauderdale County Schools Survey Report 1962 by Tennessee Department of Education


10 Responses to “African American Schools in Lauderdale County”

  1. Adam Henig December 17, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Alex Haley and his family (i.e., his mother Bertha Palmer) attended Palmer Turner School. Wasn’t Turner named after a well-known local educator? I’d have to check my research. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tiffany December 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Adam. Thanks for commenting. Yes, you’re on the right track about Palmer Turner. The exact history of the school is escaping me at the moment, but this does sound familiar.

  2. Helen reaves February 16, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    Don’t see much on madison county my school was GOLDEN school the land was given by the black owners to have school for our childrens

    • Tiffany February 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. Do you have any other information to share about the school?

  3. CParker-Parr March 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    I attended knob creek school from 1952-1960 the school was located on Knob Creek Rd. about 10mi ourside of Ripley and about 9mi from Halls road name changed to Edith Nankipoo Rd
    knob creek school educated black students grades 1-8
    a four room structure with 3 rooms serving as class rooms.

    • Tiffany March 7, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. Do you remember the names of any of your teachers? Do you remember what year the school closed?

      • Emily Dianne Flagg September 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

        Hi, I am Emily Dianne Flagg, here are the names of teachers who taught at Johnson Consolidated School Rosie Lee Nelson, Alice Faye Cole, Mildred Williams, Clyde T. Sherill, Monty Lou Durham, Horace C. Watkins and, Mille Jarrett.

  4. Emily Dianne Flagg September 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    My name is Emily Dianne Flagg. I attended Johnson Consolated School from the 1st grade to the 6th grade. During the time I attended this school my name was Emily Dianne Barnes. Barnes was my maiden name.

  5. Henrietta Thompson Lee Watt June 17, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I attended Lillian Fountain Grammar School in Gates , TN from January, 1963 until March, 1966, it was a 4 room school house and it housed 1st through 8th grade, with four teachers and a Kitchen cook

    • Henrietta Thompson Lee Watt June 17, 2018 at 11:41 am #

      I also remember the teachers that were there, Ms. Eisom, taught 1st and 2nd grade and also was the principal, Ms, Lucille Thurmond taught 3rd and half of 4th grade, Ms. Williams, taught half 4th , 5th and half 6th, she left the school in 1963, then Ms, Maggie Davis took her place, Ms. Nannie Leaks taught half 6th, 7th and 8th grades.thr children came from Knob Creek, a farm community, Potter’s Gap, Nankeepoo and Gates.

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