Historical Society to Host Black History Event at Bailey Johnson School | Community News

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta and Old Milton County Historical Society will host an educational event Feb. 27 at St. James First United Methodist Church to explore the history of Alpharetta’s Bailey Johnson School.

The event will feature a panel of Bailey Johnson alumni talking about their school and the controversies surrounding its closure. The panel will be moderated by CBS46 anchor and Johns Creek resident Karyn Greer. The event is organized in conjunction with the Roswell, Johns Creek and Milton Historical Societies.

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Bailey Johnson School opened in 1950 as Alpharetta Colored School, serving black students in grades 1-12. Prior to its opening, Fulton County only offered free public education to black students through 7th grade.

The school was renamed Bailey Johnson School in 1953, at the request of its first class. The name commemorated Warren Johnson, a former slave and supporter of black education, and George Bailey, an Alpharetta blacksmith who donated land for the school.

The school closed in 1967, marking the end of segregated public education in North Fulton County. Now, the school is set to be redeveloped into a 160,000 square foot office complex by Crescent Communities and Kimball Bridge Venture Partners. Plans include transforming the school into a modern and attractive office space while retaining the character and respecting the school’s history.

The event in St. James will provide a glimpse into the future of the school building. It will take place at 2 p.m.

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