African American National Historic Landmarks Assessment by Susan Ferentinos, Turkiya L. Lowe

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Founded in 1903 as a camp for African Americans employed in constructing Fort Smith and Western Railway, Boley became one of the largest all-black townships in Oklahoma. It had almost 4,000 residents by 1911 but declined due to crop failures and the Great Depression in the 1920s. The district is associated with two cases: Guinn and Beal v. United States (1915), which ruled Oklahoma's literacy test, as a requirement for blacks to vote, unconstitutional; and Lane v. Wilson (1939), which required that all persons who were previously denied the franchise by a discriminatory 1916 statute, be registered to vote.

Supreme Court, which he lost. This courthouse represents one of the few African American legal victories for civil rights in the post-Civil War era. In 1908, Virginia Estelle Randolph became the country's first Jeanes Supervising Industrial Worker as part of the national Negro Rural School Fund (Anna T. Jeanes Fund), providing the first formal inservice teacher training for rural black teachers. Randolph's teaching techniques and philosophy, called the “Henrico Plan,” was distributed to other schools throughout the United States and were later adopted in Britain's African colonies.

In 1973, the Old Marine Hospital was designated a National Historic Landmark as an outstanding example of the work of Robert Mills. After plantation owners fled from Union forces in 1861, Northern missionaries set up the first school for emancipated persons in 1892 on St. Helena Island. The Brick Church, built in 1855, is the oldest building in the historic district and served as the first school. The Church is now a part of the Penn Community Services Center. S. House of Representatives, serving from 18701879.

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