BURNT CORN, ALABAMA

BURNT CORN FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL

The children in this photo starting with the front row, left to right: Glenn Higdon, Gladys Waters, Sonny Mines, Evelyn McMillan, J.L. Crawford, Crawford King, Paul Fortner, Fred Wells, Ray Waters, Melva Andrews, Hestle Day: second row: Alice Crawford, Lilburn Shofner, Prudence Smith, Bertha Higdon, Edna Green, Burgess Waters, Bobby Brantley, Billy Brantley, Eugenia Ellis, Pat Morrison; third row: Mildred Morrison, Edith Hightower, Ann Caines, Elose Waters, Kathleen McMillan, Ruby Day, Dorothy Crook, alvin Salter, Eugene Shofer, Fred Shonfer,Jr., Curtis Andress, charles Gilmore, Bennie Whistenhunt; back row: Miss Addie Rumbley, Ima Jean Brantley, and Minnie Howard Morrison.

The first public school taught in Conecuh County was in the vicinity of Burnt Corn and was taught by John Green, Sr. Some say this school was known as "Student's Retreat." Later there was a school in the Burnt Corn vicinity known as "Oak Villa School." It believe that school was located near Puryearville Church. Much later there were at least schools for negro children. One was located in New Hope area of Burnt Corn called "Buttrick School" near the New Hope AME church. The other school was located in the Puryearville area of Burnt Corn next to the Pilgrim Rest AME Zion church. In the 1950s the only school left in Burnt Corn was the newly constructed Burnt Corn Jr. High School which is located across the street from the Pilgrim Rest AME Church.

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