Just after the turn of the twentieth century, Rev. Ulysses Grant Mabson Sr. of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church partnered with Tuskegee Institute to build a schoolhouse on the church property that the congregation purchased in 1900. Constructed around 1905, Armstrong School was part of the Tuskegee Rural School Program, a predecessor to the Rosenwald School Program. The congregation built the schoolhouse behind the church building, next to the mid-twentieth-century cemetery. Armstrong School is signiﬁcant for its association with education and its role in the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study in Macon County.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.