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This marker was apart of the former location of the Hannibal Square Elementary School, the very first public school for African American kids in this area. It was founded in 1883 and eventually grew into a middle school as well in 1926. There were some complications throughout those years that had changed how this school house was viewed but it eventually remained back in Winter Park. Since then, this has become a part of Orange County Public schools, which is now one of the best academic, athletic, school districts in Florida. It has expanded tremendously and continues to grow into a great community.


This historical location was very important when building the foundation of Orange County public schools. This marker was a part of the former location of the Hannibal Square Elementary School, the very first public school for African American kids in this area. It was founded in 1883 and eventually grew into a middle school as well in 1926 By being one the first public schools for African American children, it was a big step taken in the South during the late 1800s. This goes along with the idea of “separate but equal” during this time. It is a prime example of why this idea did not work for the people. 

Entry 2: Site of District Public School – Marker1890

-         The Site of District Public School – Marker 1890, located in Winter Park and has expanded into an amazing school system which is now a part of Orange County Public Schools. This marker was apart of the former location of the Hannibal Square Elementary School, which was the very first public school for African American children in this area. It was founded in 1883, established by Loring Chase S.A. Williams, who served as principle, and eventually grew into a middle school in 1926. The relevance this has in American history is evident and important to the development of school systems in Central Florida, even during this time. Also, during this time, Winter Park was finally officially designated a city in the 20s.  Although, previous to this, Hannibal Square was said to be out of “town’s limits.” This Marker was very important in the development of Winter Park, as a city that has grown into a population of 28,486 residents.

-         “Site of District Public School - Marker1890.” PocketSights Tour Builder, pocketsights.com/tours/place/Site-of-District-Public-School-Marker1890-13783.

“Site of District Public School - Marker1890, Winter Park.” World Lookup, www.worldlookup.net/place/site-of-district-public-school-marker1890_3540899