The Bennett Grove School is located just six miles away from the Willow Hill School in
Bulloch County, Portal, Georgia. Once part of a network of one-room schoolhouses
serving African American children in rural areas, Bennett Grove is the only building of its
kind left in Bulloch County. It was established in 1918 by former slave Benjamin
Bennett, and housed ﬁrst through seventh grade until it was closed in 1952. Many
Bennett Grove students graduated to Willow Hill to continue school through the tenth
grade. Both schools now stand as living memorials to African American education
during the era of segregation and Jim Crow. The WHHRC is engaged in a long-term
project surrounding the Bennett Grove School, documenting the history of the building
and the people who taught and studied there. We plan to preserve the building and
move it to the Willow Hill School campus to serve as a school museum for new
generations of students.
The Bennett Grove School is in great disrepair and is in need of repairs and restoration.
Moisture, termites and time have taken their toll on the school structural integrity. We
need your help to save this landmark which is a memorial to African American
education in the period between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Era.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 to stabilize the building, and move it and the well to a new
site at the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center and then complete the
restoration process. Your donation to help with this worthy project is much appreciated.
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