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Claflin School was an elementary school which served the African American Community of Columbus, Georgia from 1868 - 1973.
The original Claflin building was Columbus's first school for Blacks, built in 1868 by the Freedmen's Bureau. It was a two-story, 4 classroom, wood building. An addition was added to it in 1904, increasing it to 8 classrooms.
In 1921 an 8-classroom building of tile was added to the lot. In 1948 a 12-classroom brick building was added to the lot. The three buildings of Claflin School stood together until November 2 1958, when the original building was destroyed by a fire. The last students to attend Claflin School did so in the 1972 - 73 school year.
Claflin School is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as The Georgia Trust’s 2016 Places in Peril.
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