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c. 1890. 18287 Cherryfield Rd.

St. Mary’s County maintained a racially segregated school system until 1967. African American students in grades one through seven were taught in this small frame structure from c. 1890 to 1944. It has three bays of windows on each side elevation and a single door opening at the center of its gabled front. Original diagonal beadboard sheathing has been uncovered on the interior. After use as a residence for several decades, the school has been restored as a county-operated historic site.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1889


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "DRAYDEN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE", [Drayden, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 25-25.

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