During the era of Jim Crow, the Billups Grove School House in Athens, Georgia, was an essential part of a network of church-supported one-room wood structures that addressed the educational needs of local African Americans.
It is believed that the school closed in the mid-1950s as states erected proper brick schools for black students, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision of the 1954 case, Brown vs. Board of Education.
It is currently threatened by a lack of stabilization and deterioration. The Billups Grove school building was nominated by Smith and the East Athens Development Corp.
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