St. Mark's School. Records

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St. Mark's School. Records


  • 1911-1912, 1924, 1931-1941 (Creation)


.15 cu.ft. (1 box partial)

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St. Mark’s School was founded in 1890 as an outgrowth of St. Mark’s Church, an African American Episcopal Church, which the Rev. J. A. Van Hoose, a white Birmingham businessman, helped establish in 1898. St. Mark’s was an ACIN school from 1912 to 1941 when it was dropped due to the exorbitant expense necessary to renovate its buildings. Calhoun School in Lowndes County, Alabama was brought under ACIN oversight in its place.

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ACI records on St. Mark’s School include the school’s Board of Trustees meeting minutes (1931-1935) and its report to ACI in 1912. Correspondence of founding board member J. A. Van Hoose (1912) and principal Rev. C. W. Brooks (1924) are very brief. Financial records relate to the school’s mortgage (1933-1936). ACI officers’ correspondence covers 1930 to 1940. Historical summaries (1934, c.1940) and a report of the school (1935) provide information about the establishment of St. Mark’s and its programs. The school’s disassociation from ACI in 1941 is touched upon in a Committee on Negro Work report (n.d.) and an ACI memo (1941).


This material constitutes file series 17 of the ACI archive.

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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The Archives is able to respond to limited requests for reproductions subject to copyright restrictions, internal policy, and the condition of the source documents.

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  • English

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