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Little Red Schoolhouse

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Hidden : 07/12/2008
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The cache is a magnetic key holder and should not be difficult to find. BYOP.

This cache has been placed as part of the Amite County Bicentennial Celebration that will be held April 27-May 2, 2009. A web site has been established for this celebration: (visit link)
The following excerpt is from the website.
"The Little Red School House

Liberty, Amite County, MS

In 1853, Rev. Milton S. Shirk came to Liberty from New York State. He was with the Baptist Association and came as an educator.

The school system in the county was already established and the building built. Rev. Shirk started the Amite Female Academy with his own funds. He built three buildings joining the school. They housed pupils, teachers and a music building. Tuitions were paid and the academy was very successful. Young ladies were taught manners, decorum, how to converse, expose to the arts and of course music, besides the three R's.

The Civil War started in 1861. In 1863, a small detachment of Union soldiers came to Liberty to pillage it. The school was torched, 11 pianos were burned.

The music room was to be next. The Union Commander, Colonel John Scott was to give the order. He looked up, saw Rev. Shirk who stood by watching his school bum, and said, "Oh, Goodness, I know you. We were classmates".

So the order to torch The Little Red School House was never given. That was the only building left standing.

So she lives on today in all of our Glory.

The Amite County Historical & Genealogical Society

Vera Prestridge

Chairman of The Little Red School House "

Blalocks Grocery that is located near this site used to be the Liberty school and the plant that is down the hill from the schoolhouse is on the site of the football field. I believe the school was moved in the 1950's.

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