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CLAFLIN ALUMNI

A Legacy of Excellence, Perseverance, and Community

HOMECOMING JUBILEE

September 22nd - 27th

150th Sesquicentennial Celebration!

 

OUR RESTORATION PROJECT

HISTORIC CLAFLIN SCHOOL 

 

ABOUT US

Friends of Historic Claflin

Our mission is simple: build our community on the strong legacy of Historic Claflin School and a vision for the future of Columbus.

The Story

In 1868 a schoolhouse was built in downtown Columbus to educate the African American community following the Civil War. This school eventually became part of the Muscogee County public school system and its campus was expanded in 1921, when a larger masonry building was added.

 

Claflin School was an elementary school from 1868 - 1973. The original Claflin building was the City of Columbus' first school for Blacks, built in 1868 by the Freedmen's Bureau. It was a two-story, 4-classroom, wood building.  In 1921 an 8-classroom building of tile was added to the lot. In 1948 a 12-classroom brick building was added to the lot. The three buildings of Claflin School stood together until November 2 1958, when the original building was destroyed by a fire. The last students to attend Claflin School did so in the 1972 - 73 school year.

Although the original 1868 structure was destroyed by fire in 1958, two buildings from the first half of the 20th century remain.

 

The Threat

In 2005 the Muscogee County School District moved their operations to a new building, boarding up Claflin’s windows and leaving the buildings vacant. The campus fell victim to vandalism, theft and deterioration. In 2014 the city of Columbus took ownership of the buildings, which require significant and costly rehabilitation.

The Community

In 2014, Friends of Historic Claflin embarked upon a tremendous undertaking to restore the school as a treasured landmark and structure for our community today. 

The Legacy

Claflin School is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Georgia Trust’s 2016 Places in Peril.

 

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril program seeks to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

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Historic Claflin School Landmark Location:

1532 5th Avenue

Columbus, GA 31906

Friends of Historic Claflin, Inc.

Operations Office:

Marshall M.S., Room 301

1830 Shepherd Drive

Columbus, GA 31906 USA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5231

Columbus GA 31906 USA

Corporate Address:

Rev. Richard Jessie

Executive Director of Restoration

4321 Olympic Lane

Columbus, GA  31907 USA

(706) 393-9393

OPENING HOURS:

Mon - Fri: 11am - 2pm

​​Saturday: 11 am - 12pm

 

 

© 2020 Friends of Historic Claflin, Inc.  

              

Built in 1868, Claflin School was once the educational, social, medical and spiritual hub of

African-American children and families in Columbus, GA, now a community collaborative. 

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