Installation of a North Carolina State Sign Remembering The Allen School, a Methodist Church Supported School for Girls in Asheville

August 30, 2023

By: Ann Miller Woodford, Artist, Activist, Speaker, Author of When All God's Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African-American People in Far Western North Carolina.

The Allen School provided a high-quality college preparatory education for African American girls, during segregation, until 1974. It was a boarding school supported by the Women's Division of Christian Service of the United Methodist Church. Many high school girls from Western North Carolina and other regions of the United States attended that school when it was impossible to receive a quality education in their own hometowns.

A North Carolina State historical marker memorializing the Allen School will be installed in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, on October 21 at 2 PM.
Mary Othella Burnette (Allenite, 1949), Jamie Butcher, Mary McPhail Standaert, and Ann Miller Woodford (Allenite, 1965) invite you to the unveiling of the State of North Carolina Historical Marker for The Allen School that was located at 331 College Street in Asheville. The ceremony will occur in front of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office in downtown Asheville.

A reception hosted by Explore Asheville will follow from 2-4:30 PM at the former site of The Allen School, now 27 College Place. It will take place in the Allen School Buildings of the 1950s. PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible to Mary McPhail Standaert at 828-669-1008 with messages only.
Photos and possible videos will be taken at the events.

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