Local Group Hopes Tallahassee Community Will Help Preserve Historic African American Schoolhouse

The Lake Hall School sits off Lake Hall Road in Tallahassee and is one of six African American schoolhouses remaining in Florida, historians note. Geraldine Seay of Tallahassee hopes to have it added to the Local Register of Historic Places in 2020. (Special To The Democrat)

“If hope were a place.”

That’s the tagline Geraldine Seay has chosen for a Reconstruction-era, one-room African American schoolhouse in Tallahassee, said to be one of only six in Florida.

Seay, who is heading up a group called Friends of Lake Hall School, is looking for the community’s help in preserving the structure, which currently sits on private property.

Seay envisions a public park and museum commemorating the schoolhouse, which also could be the oldest of its kind in the state.

The structure was built in 1878 and still stands in its original form, the Tallahassee Democrat has previously reported.

“We’re looking at a national treasure,” Seay said. She is a retired faculty member at Florida A&M University who also challenged Curtis Richardson for Seat 2 on the Tallahassee City Commission last year.

Seay is joined in her efforts by Nita Marlene Davis, executive director of Lichgate on High Road, a local park that is registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat, Casey Chapter

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