Fairview School site named to state his­toric reg­is­ter

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The Fairview School has been added to the Ge­or­gia Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

This des­ig­na­tion was an­nounced re­cently by the Na­tional Reg­is­ter Re­view Board of Ge­or­gia’s His­toric Preser­va­tion Di­vi­sion.

“To have that for­mal dis­tinc­tion means a lot,” said Joyce Per­due-Smith, chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Fairview and E.S. Brown Her­itage Foun­da­tion. “It is a huge honor be­cause not ev­ery­one who ap­plies is listed.”

Per­due-Smith said the re­view it­self made her feel good.

“After our pre­sen­ta­tion, the re­view board gave us a round of applause,” she said. “It was over­whelm­ing.”

The circa 1924 Fairview School build­ing is one of the few re­main­ing schools that were built to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion to African- Amer­i­can chil­dren in Ge­or­gia.

In­clu­sion on the state reg­is­ter makes his­toric build­ings el­i­gi­ble for state prop­erty tax in­cen­tives and pro­vides for a re­view of some state­funded un­der­tak­ings.

“This will make it pos­si­ble for us to ap­ply for a brick-and-mor­tar grant, which will be very ben­e­fi­cial be­cause we’ve been try­ing to make our foun­da­tion more sta­ble,” said Per­due-Smith, who has spear­headed the restora­tion and preser­va­tion ef­forts for the prop­erty.

The Ge­or­gia reg­is­ter is the of­fi­cial list­ing of his­toric re­sources for the state and is main­tained by the His­toric Preser­va­tion Di­vi­sion of the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

The HPD has nom­i­nated Fairview School to be con­sid­ered for the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

Place­ment on the na­tional reg­istry cre­ates the pos­si­bil­ity for fed­eral fund­ing, when avail­able.

The Fairview School, which op­er­ated near Cave Spring, was des­ig­nated by The Ge­or­gia Trust as a 2011 Place in Peril to help raise aware­ness and sup­port for the restora­tion of the his­toric build­ing.

Much of the his­tory of this school has been lost, but the Fairview School build­ing re­mains as an ex­am­ple of seg­re­gated ed­u­ca­tion and the im­pact it had on the chil­dren of the pe­riod.

For more in­for­ma­tion the restora­tion and preser­va­tion ef­forts of the Fairview School, visit the foun­da­tion’s web­site or con­tact Per­due-Smith at 404-759-3918.

The Fairview School opened in 1924 and served the African-Amer­i­can chil­dren of five dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties around south­ern Floyd County

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