Jonestown Colored School

Other Names:  Jonestown Elementary School

Earliest Documented:  1897

Latest Documented:  1928

Tags:  Segregated Black Schools

Description

Categorized as Colored School in 1924 and 1928.

Jonestown School does not appear on the 1875 or 1897 maps of Caroline County. Black students from this area probably attended nearby Johns Colored School before the Jonestown School was built.

The location of Jonestown School on Harmony Road (MD Route 16) is verified in oral history published by Coppin AME Church (formerly Jones Chapel):

Rosetta (Jones) Johns … recalls from her father, Ralph Wood Jones, that the church started as a Sunday school in the home of Elizabeth Johnson; her house was located beside the present church which later moved into a small school house.

During this time, the church shared joint property with the Farmers Memorial church, namely Jonestown Elementary School shortly after school segregation ended in Caroline County.

The two churches utilized the Jonestown school site for hosting Community meetings, weddings, receptions, Everybody’s Birthday celebrations and revivals. By the end of the decade, Coppins relinquished ownership to Farmers Memorial Church.

Google Maps shows the location of Farmer Memorial Church, which occupies the former Jonestown School building:

Google Street View (2014) of the schoool building:

Structure Exists:  Yes

Location Precision:  Precise



Primary Source:  1897 Saulsbury Map

Other Sources:  Denton Journal 1924-11-15/page-5, 1928-10-20/page-4.

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