Gilmore Academy - Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Florida

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

Gilmore Academy
Gilmore Academy established 1922 by Robert T. Gilmore

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

The Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School
Annual Meeting

To print Registration Form click here.

Will hold its annual meeting and reunion, June 29- July 2, 2000, in Marianna, Fl.
Registration will be held June 29 from 3-7, p.m. at the McClane Community Center on the West End. For more information, contact Linda Jones at (850)526-5714 or Roy Roulhac e-mail  [email protected]

Thursday, June 29, 2000
3 pm - 7 pm - Registration, McClane Community Center

Friday, June 30, 2000
9 am - Spelling Bell/Oratorical Contest, St James A.M.E. Church
4 pm Parade - Orange Street
8 - 9 pm Social Hour
9 pm - Dance, National Guard Armory

Saturday, July 1, 2000
10 am - Annual Meeting, GA-JCTS Alum. Ass'n, St James A.M.E. Church
1 pm - GA-JCTS "Be Out Day" National Guard Armory

Sunday, July 2, 2000
11 am - Worship Service, Second West FLorida Baptist Ass'n



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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.

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.


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

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

June 29 - July 2, 2000

To print Registration Form click here.

NAME _______________________________________________________________
CLASS ______________
PHONE (Area Code)______________

Registration Fees

GA-JCTS Alumni $75.00 (included t-shirt)
GA-JCTS Alumni married to each other $85.00 (includes two t-shirts, Extra t-shirts $10 each.
Total Amount Enclosed $________
T-shirt sizes Quantity
XXL ____ XL ____ Large ____ Medium ____

Make Check or money order payable to:
GA-JCTS School Reunion
P. O. Box 6403
Marianna, FL 32447

GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc.

Roy L. Roulhac, '61 President
Beatrice Cobb, '62 1st VP
Shephard Bell, '58 2nd VP
Linda Jones, '66 Treasurer
Sheryl McGriff, '78 Secretary
Vacant - Financial Secretary

Board of Directors
Iola Rivers Bell, '53
Queen B. Brown, '44
Elmer R. Clay, '61
Walter Cooper, '63
Willie Cooper, '44
Dorothy Adams harley, '63
Billie Mack, '69
Verna' Mack, '74
Sarah Speights Pender, '57
Gwen Swilley Summers, '47
Mary Wadsworth White, '55
Sam Pittman, '46
Gwen Pittman Goodwin, '49
Willie Sylvester Mack, '63
Marilyn Long, '63
Shirley S. Brownstone, '54
Eldean S Nichols, '48
Dorothy P hall, '62
Waymon Speights, '59
Shirley Goeggley, '50
Lucy S Hawthorne, '56
Valaria W Davies, '70
Priscilla M Keith, '64
Annie B Gibson, '41
Mattie Berrien, '64
Patricia Speights, '66

Jackson County  Florida USGenWeb Project

Jackson County, Florida, Cemeteries and Churches

Jackson County, Florida USGenWeb Archives Table of Contents

AfriGeneas, African Ancestored Genealogy

Alabama People Of Color African American Genealogy   With many links for other areas.

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society

Ebony Ethnics

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