Carver Elementary School, Macon, GA

The first black school in Carrollton, Georgia opened on Pearl Street in 1913. However, the original name of this school is unknown. (Retroactively referred to as Pearl Street School) The first school for black children that reached past the elementary level (serving grades 1-11) opened under the name Carroll County Training School on the corner of Alabama and King Streets. In 1954, a new building was built for grades 8-12 and was named George Washington Carver High School while the adjacent Carroll County Training School, becoming a feeder elementary school, was renamed “Alabama Street Elementary”. Carver had an initial enrollment of around 600, which remained fairly constant until the school closed. In 1963, the school district opened “West Side Elementary” nearby to serve as a feeder school. 

In 1965, the beginning of integration of Carroll County commenced and a “school choice” plan was implemented, which allowed students to choose which high school to attend regardless of race. Eleven Carver High students, the first in the county’s integration history, chose to attend the previously all white Temple High School, but they recall being met with racial harassment and intimidation upon first enrolling. In 1969, Carroll County completed its local integration process; Carver was closed and all students were reassigned to previously all-white high schools. The school reopened as an integrated Alabama Street Elementary with its absorption into the single cluster school system until 1992.