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Billingsville Elementary School

(124 Skyland Avenue, in Grier Heights)
Billingsville School building
Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Billingsville School was built in 1927 and was named for Sam Billings, who donated the land where the school stands. The school was one of Mecklenburg County’s 26 Rosenwald schools, which were all-black schools built with the help of money donated by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. It was the first county school to become a city school through annexation. It still operates today as Billingsville Montessori School.

Side-by-side: The school in 1960 and a class of students in the 30s

See the 1960 yearbook (The Pine Cone) here and here


An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, vol. 2. Charlotte, NC. Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 1998.