114 FACTBOOK | 2022
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Year of Lemon Street Grammar School construction: 1951
Year Lemon Street Grammar School renovation was complete: 2021
Programs held in renovated Lemon Street Grammar School:
Marietta Performance Learning Center — a small, non-traditional
Marietta High School program in a blended computer-based learning
environment; Marietta Alternative Programs — an alternative
education program for students in Grades 6-12; and Marietta Evening
School Hours — a flexible learning environment with night classes
in a supportive, hybrid environment. Also hosts summer school and
Saturday school classes.
Number of students taking class in renovated
Lemon Street Grammar School:
About 300 have taken classes in the building since opening
Cost of Lemon Street Grammar School renovation: $3,489,102
From left: Lemon Street alumni Pearl Freeman, George Miller and Alfreda Hill
stand in the halls of their former Lemon Street Elementary School.
Visit our website at Croweturner.realestate Pictured Left: Lemon Street
Elementary School, 1953.
Photo courtesy of
Marietta Museum of
Photo by: Thomas Hartwell
school that there was no possible way to save the building.
That, however, turned out not to be true.
The Lemon Street Heritage Group, made up of alumni
from Lemon Street Elementary School and other community
members, are working to see the school join the National
Register of Historic Places.
Marietta City Schools officials gave the green light, and
KSU historians have submitted an application to the state, the
first of a few steps.
The elementary school is one of a few surviving landmarks
for Marietta’s Black community, said James Newberry, special
projects curator at KSU. A housing project that served the
community while the Lemon Street schools were open has
since been razed, he said.
“This school is one tangible connection to this past,” Newberry
said. “We’ve lost some of the connections to that because the
housing project has come down, the high school has come
down, well, all that’s left is this elementary school,” he said,
adding the school was saved in response to the community.
“And to get it on the register, while it doesn’t provide the kind
of protection that you would like, (such as) this building cannot
be torn down, it does give it a degree of attention that it might
not otherwise have. It calls attention to the significance of the
building and the surrounding neighborhood.”
Former Marietta Councilman Anthony Coleman, vice chair
of the heritage group, is a Lemon Street graduate, and went to
the elementary school in the early 1960s. He wants to see the
history of the school brought to future generations.
“Hopefully, it will be a tourism destination for people to
come and see some of that Black history. And I’m a part of
that history,” Coleman said. “It’s something to be proud of.
Anytime you talk about community pride, it just speaks
volumes. My heart is just overjoyed about it.”
Lemon Street Elementary School