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Gilmore Academy - Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Florida

Gilmore Academy - Jackson County Training School
Alumni Association
Jackson County, Florida

Gilmore Academy established 1922 by Robert T. Gilmore

Gilmore Academy

In 1922, Robert T. Gilmore, an African American, donated three acres of land on the corner of Orange and Clay Strees as permanent school site for Black students in Jackson County. The school - Gilmore Academy - operated from 1922 to 1940 and produced its first graduating class in 1931. The first graduating class consisted of three girls - Maggie Pender Atwater, Ethel Massey, and Susie Leeks Baker. Maggie Atwater, a Jackson County educator for 37 years, still lives in Marianna.

Gilmore Academy became Jackson County Training School (JCTS), a union school with grades 1-12, and operated from 1940 until 1970. However, in 1952, a new elementary school building (the first built by the County for African Americans) was completed on South Street. In 1956, a new high school was completed on the same South Street site.

The class of 1970 was the final graduating class bearing the name, Jackson County Training School (JCTS). It was then renamed, Marianna Middle School.


School Mascot


Alma Mater
Dear Jackson High,
My Jackson High
For You I'll sigh
For You I'll die,
In all my dreams,
Your fair face beams,
You are the idol of my heart,
Dear Jackson high.

School Colors

Orange and Black

Roy L Roulhac, Chairman African-American Cemetery Project
Need help surveying cemeteries!
E-mail [email protected]
List of all African-American Cemeteries in Jackson Co FL



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April 27, 1841 - February 8, 1926
by Odell Robinson  E-mail - [email protected]
Benjamin Franklin Livingston, politician, member of the Florida House of Representatives, County Commissioner for Jackson County, Florida; City Councilman and Post Master for the city of Marianna, Jackson County, Florida.

Emanuel Fortune
Represented Jackson County, Florida in Florida House from 1868-1870

Timothy Thomas Fortune
Fortune is credited with having coined the term, ``Afro-American.'' In 1890, Fortune founded the Afro-American League, a forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

T Thomas Fortune Bio


West Florida Industrial College

Armstrong Purdee: Battle of Marianna Eye-Witness

The Kalendar - Eye-Witness Tells of Burning of Church

A. Purdee, whom I have known for many years as a reliable and good citizen, wrote me, at my request, his recollections, as an eye witness, of the burning of St. Luke's Church at Marianna, during what is known as the Battle of Marianna, as follows: W. H. Milton

Cemetery Project
Jackson County, Florida
We will be surveying all the African American Cemeteries in Jackson County, Florida. We need volunteers to help with this massive project. If you can survey a cemetery please e-mail and register the cemetery that you choose.

Church Histories
We  also need the history of all Churches and pictures of the Churches and Cemeteries. e-mail

Slave Holders In Jackson County Florida 1860
Extracted by Valencia King Nelson e-mail [email protected]  or [email protected]

Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.

Newsletter Committee
Roy L. Roulhac - Editor - Phone (313) 833-0675 [email protected]
Sheryl J. McGriff - Associate Editor

Items for the newsletter should be sent to the editor.
Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training
School Alumni Association, Inc.
4730 Commonwealth
Detroit MI 48208

I. Vol 1 No 1 - (September 1996)
It Was a Grand Success!!
The Idea of an Alumni Association
The GA-JCTS Alumni Association
Food For Thought
II. Vol 1 No 2 - (April 1997)
GA-JCTS Alumni Association Incorporated
GA-JCTS Alumni Association Incorporators
Organization Meeting Set
1998 Annual Meeting & Reunion
A Foundation Well-Laid: JCTS Prepared Me For Life
Letter to Editor
What Men Live For
The Jacksonian Voice
The Cost
III. Vol 1 No 3 - (September 1997)
1998 GA-JCTS All School Reunion Plans Set
1997 Annual Meeting
GA-JCTS Web Site
Essay/Oratorical Contest
Spelling Bee
Do You Remember
Come to Me
Jackson County History
President's Message
IV. Vol 1 No 4 (April 1998)
Celebrating Our Heritage
Charter Members as of May 1, 1998
Oratorical/Essay Contest
Through A Slave's Eyes
Suggested Readings
The Jackson Voice
Proposed Annual Meeting Agenda
Choir Members Needed
V. Vol 2 No 1 (September 1998)
African-American Life in Jackson County
Framing the Past & Visualizing the Future
Minutes - 1998 Annual Meeting
Charter Members (May 1 - July 1998)
VI. Vol 2 No. 2 (April 1999)
A Picture is Worth . . .
World War I Memorial?
Framing the Past and Visualizing the Future
Notice of Annual Meeting
NAACP Investigates the Claude Neal Lynching
Reunion 2000
Membership Report
VII. Vol 2 No 3 (September 1999)
Tax-Exempt Status Granted
Book in Final Stage!
Year 2000 Homecoming
Destiny of Race Uncertain
I Dream a World

VIII. Vol 2 No. 4 (April 2000)
Reunion 2000
West Florida Industrial College Staff and Students - 1926-27
IX. Vol 3 No 1 (October 2000)
Officers and Board of Directors
2000 Essay & Oratorical Contest Winners
Annual Meeting Minutes
Barnes Praises Bryant
Guardian Appointed for Free Mulatto
Heritage to Publish Jackson County Family Histories
GA-JCTS Website Established
African American Cemetery Surveys
Wandering Soul Finds Rest
Membership Application
Jackson County Florida Order Form

The Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Ass'n, Inc., announces the publication of the following book:   Jackson County, Florida

The book douments the lives of African Americans in Jackson County from the antebellum period through the difficult and violent Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras to the increasing tolerance of the last century. Jackson County, FL tells the singular story of this proud community's struggles and successes.

To become a Member
Gilmore-Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.

To print Member Form click here.

Enclosed is $20 for my membership dues Class Year _______
First Middle or Maiden Last
Address__________________City___________________State____Zip Code________
Phone_______________________ Fax Number______________________
E-Mail Address ___________________

Make Check Payable to GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 6403
Marianna FL 32447

GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc.

Roy L.Roulhac President
Johnny Robinson, 1st VP
Rev. Frances Menchion, 2nd VP
Sarah Pender, Treasurer
Queen Brown, Secretary
Rosa B. McKay, Financial Secretary

Board of Directors
Annie Bell Gibson
Marilyn Long
Elmore Bryant
Frances Menchion
Dan Hester
Valaria W Davies

Booker T Washington Jackson County, Florida, Cemeteries and Churches
NAACP List of all African-American Cemeteries in Jackson Co FL
Marcus Gravey Jackson County, Florida USGenWeb Archives Table of Contents
Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society Jackson County  Florida USGenWeb Project
Ebony Ethnics AfriGeneas, African Ancestored Genealogy
Alabama People Of Color African American Genealogy  
With many links for other areas.

Please send information for web pages, documents, pictures or any thing you would like to donate.

  e-mail     Roy L Roulhac
[email protected]

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