I want to post about the Leora Brown School in Corydon. It was built in 1891 for the education of black children and was called the Corydon Colored School. Leora Brown, a descendant of one of Indiana’s first families, attended the school, then returned from Miss Blaker’s Teachers College in Indianapolis to teach at her old school. In 1950, the school was closed, but was used later for first grade overflow and then special education classes until it was closed again in the 1970’s. Maxine Brown, a niece of Leora Brown, bought the building, restored it, and renamed it for her aunt, who died at the age of 82.

Now the Leora Brown school is available to all members of the community for weddings, reunions, cultural events, historical research meetings–you name it. I’ve been there for the Unbridled Whimsy art show, the high school’s French Club’s Night At The Museum, classical piano concerts, jazz concerts, luncheons, book signings…I can’t remember them all. The Leora Brown School is definitely one of my Happy Places.

The last time I went was on Monday, when we listened to tapes of Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches. “Peace Tiles” made by kids at the World on the Square festival were also on display. Here’s a picture of Leora Brown and some of her students:

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The building is kept up really well. Although it didn’t have indoor plumbing when the children were attending, it does now, as well as tiny kitchen facilities.

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The address is 400 E. Summit (also known as Cemetery Hill because… well… that’s where the two major cemeteries are).

Here is some pictures of the Peace Tiles:

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So that’s the Leora Brown School, and now I’m happy. Look at those great Peace Tiles made by children of many places, races and cultures, and you be happy, too! 🙂

MA

Writing prompt: Create a public meeting place that’s important to a character. Write its history.

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