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Black School - Slippery Rock Twnp (Lawrence Co) PA

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The Black School was one of numerous one-room schoolhouses built in rural Slippery Rock Township in about the 1870’s to include Fairview, Shaw, Rural Hill, Grant City, Shady Side, Aiken, and Princeton among others. It stood on Center Church Road, near the rural intersection with Copper Road and Fairview School Road. This class photo is probably from the mid-1940’s. A modern-style electrical meter is visible at left. The teacher is identified as “Mrs. Allison.” I believe this school was closed in about 1950 – prior to the township joining the new Laurel Area School District in 1955. (c1945) (Photo courtesy of Carol McVicker) Full Size

The former school building was utilized as a public auction house during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s still standing along Center Church Road and appears to be in use as a storage building at this time. (2014)


  1. I thought the old Black school was the one on Center Church road that is actually still standing?

  2. (EDITOR’S NOTE) Lauren, I believe you are correct. It seems the Black School was located just west of the intersection of Center Church-Copper-Fairview School Road and is still in use as a private residence today. I’m going to change the caption above. Thanks! Jeff

  3. The Black School I went to, with Miss Allison as the teacher, was still standing when I was there in 2002. It was in bad condition and was not a residence. We found Miss Allison some years ago and stay in touch with her. She was very special to my family. My 12-year-old sister, Jackie Graham, died when we attended the school. I just can’t imagine that building being turned in to a residence.


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