Trenholm High School was an education system for the African American children. The public school for African American children opened in 1887. The school stood for many years helping join the strength in the African American community. The school focused on being the community’s center of culture, recreation, leadership, and education. Due to the desegregation plan the students were moved to Deshler High School and Trenholm High school was shut down.
School had a big impact on the African American community of Tuscumbia,
Alabama. This school was where many African Americans felt free and didn’t have
to worry about the color of their skin. The school started out very small, but
then became bigger. The school became a place where the community would gather.
It then became much more than a school for the community. Successful African
Americans started out at this school. When the school was torn down and history
was diminished the town still to this day fights to let information be known
about the school.
High School began in 1870 and was one of the last African American High schools
located in Tuscumbia, Alabama before desegregation. The school started out by
the name of Tuscumbia Colored School. The school took place in a church at the
foot of the hill that all African American children attended. The school was
taught by Judge Wingo and his daughter. The name was eventually changed to Trenholm
High School in 1921. Trenholm High School
no longer is a standing building. The building was torn down in 1969. There are
now historical markers of memorials long the walkway leading to the historical
marker. The memorials include images of student activities, accomplishments of
the students after graduation.
The book Creating
Caring and Nurturing Educational Environments for African American Children
that the school wasn’t just a school. The school was a place that many events
took place for the African American community. At the school, African Americans
would gather and watch movies and would sit on the main floor. When African
American citizens of this down was a part of a movie in Downton they had where
required to sit on the balcony. Many accomplished African Americans came out of
Trenholm High School. George Washington Carver, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Paul
Robeson was a few of the accomplished African Americans.
The school was
torn down and segregation began in the small town of Tuscumbia, Alabama. The
former all white school across town had been segregated with Trenholm High
school. Any history as such as the band and athletic trophies of the school had
been destroyed, vandalized, or given away. Any history that was physical was destroyed.
High School was a place that the town of Tuscumbia, Alabama will never let
anyone forget. It had a huge impact on the African American people. This was
not just a school, but a place where the African American community would come
together and hold community events. A place where they had not been treated
different just because the color of their skin. Even though the high school is
no longer standing the community will continue to let people know the history
of Trenholm High school.