Halifax County Schools - Mountain Road No. 1

This school is located about 2 1/2 miles west of Halifax beside U.S. Highway 360. It was built in 1919 and has evidently been well cared for.

It comes very close to meeting modern standards and does especially well for a building thirty years old. The only faults in its constrcution were the extremely small ratio of glass area to floor area (1/9.4) and the blackboards (31 inches) which were too high for small children. The ceiling is 12 ft. high. The windows are on only one side. The windows were plenty high off the floor. They did come a little far from the ceiling (34 inches). The windows were equipped with shades (though poor). The assortment of desks lacked small sizes. The floors are in fairly good condition. The interior walls need paint.

The three acres of ground provide plenty of play space even though some of it is grown up in trees. There is a pump on the grounds to supply water. Poles on the school grounds were erected for volleyball. Toilets were in fair condition.

School photo and text were taken from Black Schools in Halifax County (Late 1940s) by F. A. Burruss, compiled and edited by Barbara Bass.

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The museum will be open each Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
Contact Mrs. Garnett Luck for more information.