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The Black School was one of numerous one-room schoolhouses built in rural Slippery Rock Township in about the 1870’s to include Fairview, Shaw, Rural Hill, Grant City, Shady Side, Aiken, and Princeton among others. It stood on Center Church Road, near the rural intersection with Copper Road and Fairview School Road. This class photo is probably from the mid-1940’s. A modern-style electrical meter is visible at left. The teacher is identified as “Mrs. Allison.” I believe this school was closed in about 1950 – prior to the township joining the new Laurel Area School District in 1955. (c1945) (Photo courtesy of Carol McVicker) Full Size
The former school building was utilized as a public auction house during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s still standing along Center Church Road and appears to be in use as a storage building at this time. (2014)