Poplar Hill School

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News Release

This year has been very rewarding for our little rural school.  We were listed on the internet blog of "Preservation in Mississippi", 101 Places to See in Mississippi Before You Die" we came in 9th on the list .  We then made our television debut on the Walt Grayson show "Looking Around Mississippi" featuring Poplar Hill School which aired on Friday, March 2, 2012.  As you know in March 2010 we were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/listings/20100319.htm)

Now, I would like to share our latest accomplishment ...Poplar Hill School just received another recognition Poplar Hill School is now a state landmark. The decision was made May 16, 2012 at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Visit our website for the history of the school if in the area of Jefferson County, MS feel free to contact us for a tour.  If you would like to donate to our restoration fund here is the address to send your donation:  Poplar Hill Museum of African American Culture %Roosevelt Cruel, 1535 Old Hwy 61, Fayette, MS 39069

(checks payable to: Poplar Hill Museum of African American Culture)




Thank you to Mr. Walt Grayson for his special segment on "Look Around Mississippi" featuring Poplar Hill School.  Our television debut ... We are really on the move March 3 2012 Click the link listed here and do enjoy:



As of Feb 7, 2012

Poplar Hill School now known as

Poplar Hill Museum of African American Culture

is now on the list of the

"101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die"

as published by the blog known as "Mississippi Preservation".  Based on total numbers of votes for all places in all districts in Mississippi we came in 9th all around. with 231 votes there are only 8 other properties in all of Mississippi that had more votes than us.  Thank you to all who voted and supported us.


Effective as of May 11, 2010


We now have tax exempt status.  What that means: contributions to Poplar Hill Museum of African American Culture (PHMAAC) are now deductible under section 170 of the Code.  We are also qualified to receive bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. 

We are a public charity!  We hope that everyone will remember us in their giving. 


For Immediate Release                                                         mailto:%20%20morrisey@mdah.state.ms.us

February 1, 2010                                                                                   Stephenie Morrisey


Historic Preservation Board Recommends

Poplar Hill Grade School to National Register


The Poplar Hill Grade School in Jefferson County has been recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Professional Review Board at their meeting on January 21 in Jackson. The board will forward their decision to the U.S. Department of the Interior for final review.


Built in 1923 the Poplar Hill Grade School is located on the property of the Poplar Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church. The school served the African American community in Jefferson County until September 1957 when all grade schools in rural Jefferson County were closed and consolidated following the Brown vs. The Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas decision.


The Poplar Hill School continued to be used by the church for social gatherings and church meetings for several years after its closing. The school is the only surviving two-room school house in Jefferson County and is considered a true example of a rural  African American school.


The Department of the Interior will review the nomination and notify MDAH when the property is listed on the National Register. MDAH will notify the property owners and local government.


The Department of Archives and History is the official State Historic Preservation Office in Mississippi and handles all requests for National Register information and assistance. Congress established the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 as a list of federally recognized properties especially worthy of protection and preservation. Mississippi has more than 1,200 National Register properties, including archaeological sites, battlefields, bridges, buildings, cemeteries, forts, houses, and historic districts. For more information call 601-576-6940 or see the MDAH Web site, mdah.state.ms.us.


February 04, 2010

GAD ABOUT, Vol.2,Issue 1,January, 2010:                       A Jack String Publishing Group

Mississippi Now

"Ghost Schools"

Schools thought to be Rosenwald Schools but were found not to be.  However, the research team is mentioned in the article.

We Are on the National Register of Historic Places

As of March 10, 2010 Poplar Hill School of Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi is now on the listing of the National Register of Historic Places.  This honor is going to mean a great deal to the future generations.  We now have an opportunity to build a museum that honors those who struggled for an education in rural Mississippi.  Please help us refurbish this school for the future. 

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