Family, alumni push for national historic designation for former African-American school in Raleigh

The old school building is already designated a historic place by Raleigh. A national historic designation wouldn’t give the building any more special protection from teardown and development. 

The old school building is already designated a historic place by Raleigh. A national historic designation wouldn’t give the building any more special protection from teardown and development. 

source: The News & Observer

John Goode learned agriculture, arithmetic and French at the Berry O’Kelly Training School.

He also learned leadership skills that helped him climb the ranks during a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

“For a small school, they did turn out some excellent citizens,” said Goode, 69.

Descendents of Berry O’Kelly, a prominent black leader, and alumni of the African-American school that operated in Raleigh during segregation hope the lone remaining building on campus will become a national historic place.

They are working with the city of Raleigh, which owns the building in the Method community of west Raleigh, to apply for the designation. The city uses the space as part of the Method Community Center.

They also hope the Oak Grove Cemetery, an African-American cemetery that dates back to the Civil War in the Method community, will become a national historic place.

On Tuesday, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission invited residents to share photos and other relics from the cemetery and the school, which closed in 1967 when schools integrated.


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