Help Preserve Harveysburg Free

Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit Warren County Foundation in order to benefit the Harveysburg Community Historical Society's mission to preserve the First Free Black School in OHIO AND the Northwest Territory. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

My name is Lucy McCarren and I'm hoping to raise funds for maintenance of the Elizabeth Harvey First Free Black School. Donations for maintenance are need for restoration/ replacement of all window frames, sills and sashes the roof needs replaced.

The roof was last replaced in the 1980's and has worn over time. There are certain historical standards that must be met when restoring window frames and sills and replacing the roof on this historical landmark and in order to meet those requirements we're asking for help with the cost of the repairs.

The Harveysburg Academy (also known as the First Free Black School) was the first of its kind in Southwest Ohio. Through it, the Elizabeth and Jesse Harvey sought to fulfill one of the Quaker ideals that education should be for all. In 1831, Dr. Jesse Harvey (1801-1848) and his wife Elizabeth Burgess Harvey (1801-1888), members of The Society of Friends, started one of  BUILT the first free black schools in the Northwest Territory. Dr. Harvey built the one room school building on his own land in Harveysburg, Ohio. The Harvey’s were known as active abolitionists within the area and were confirmed conductors of the Underground Railroad. The school was commonly referred to as the East End School and remained open from 1831-1906, when it merged with the Harveysburg School District.

Please help us preserve this important piece of our state's history.


The First Free Black School Museum known as the Elizabeth Harvey First Free Black School Museum was put on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 17, 1977 by the Department of the Interior.  The school, built in 1831 was the first building specifically built to educate non-whites (Blacks and Indians) in Ohio and the Northwest Territory. This irreplaceable part of history is located in Warren County in Harveysburg.  One of the children educated at this school was “Orindatus S.B. Wall” who became the first regular commissioned African American Captain in the U.S. Army during the Civil War and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


More information about Warren County Foundation: To Enhance The Quality Of Life Of The People Of Our County By Promoting A Secure, Flexible, Efficient And Lasting Way For Donors To Benefit Our Community.



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Lucy McCarren 
Waynesville, OH
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