11. LINCOLN NORMAL SCHOOL CAMPUS – PHILLIPS AUDITORIUM-[Corner of Lincoln and Lee Streets] Lincoln Normal was founded in 1867 by freed slaves as a school for African-American children. Former students and friends of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Phillips, who served as principal for 31 years, dedicated one of the few remaining buildings, Phillip’s Memorial Auditorium in 1939. In 1887, a division of Lincoln Normal known as Patterson’s Plantation Home for Teachers was relocated to Montgomery, where it became known as ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY. A museum is currently underway on the site of Lincoln to house historic memorabilia regarding Lincoln School.
In 1870, the school expanded to include teacher training and for a time became known as the Lincoln Normal University for Teachers. The program primarily focused on training African American high school graduates to become teachers. In 1887 fire destroyed many of the campus buildings. As a result, the teacher training function was relocated to Montgomery where it became Alabama State University.
The school closed in 1970, when it was consolidated with the newly built and racially-integrated Marion High School. One of the few buildings remaining on the campus site is the Phillips Memorial Auditorium, now on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. The Phillips Memorial Auditorium is located at Lincoln and Lee Streets in Marion, AL.
Notable alumni of the Lincoln Normal School include Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Jean Childs, wife of civil rights activist Andrew Young.
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