In Georgia, like many other places, African-Americans historically did not have the same educational opportunities as white students because of their race. The recent Black History Month was a time to reflect on those experiences for Black students around our region. 

The Alpharetta Colored School, shown here, in a Fulton County School picture, in 1952, opened off Kimball Bridge Road in 1950. Until then, classes for Black students at elementary schools around the area only ran through the seventh grade. If a Black student wanted schooling beyond that, they'd have to find another option or trek the 30-odd miles to Atlanta and pay tuition.

Soon after opening up to a high school education, the institution was renamed, at its students' request, the Bailey-Johnson School. This honored George "Hard" Bailey, a local Black blacksmith who donated land for the school, and Warren Johnson, a former slave turned major proponent of African-Americans' education. 

It closed in 1967, ending government-sponsored school segregation in North Fulton County. After that, for the first time, a Black high schooler from Milton would attend the old Milton High School (which was then located in downtown Alpharetta).

Thank you to the Alpharetta and Old Milton Historical Society for sharing some of these insights with us in the City of Milton.