With a U-shaped plan and Colonial Revival stylistic elements, the one-story brick former Colbert County Training School is a sturdy reminder of progressive African-American educational opportunities during the era before integration. Completed in 1929 utilizing monies from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, its prominent alumni include entertainer Percy Sledge. The school served several generations of students until it closed in 1970. T he following year the building was reopened as the Leighton Middle School. That school closed following the end of the 1993-94 school years, and since that time the building has been badly vandalized.
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.