Opelika Male School and Opelika Female Academy
Education; Lee County, AL; Opelika Male School; Opelika Female Academy; Antebellum Era; Opelika, AL; Freeman, Rev. J.S.; Bowen, Mrs. E.C.; Private Academies
After Opelika’s 1854 town incorporation, citizens concerned with the educational prospects of the hamlet’s youth opened several private academies. Two of the early private schools were the Opelika Male School and the Opelika Female Academy, both founded in 1859. Rev. J.S. Freeman served as the first headmaster of the male school, and Mrs. E.C. Bowen administered the female school as principal.
Text Source: Alexander Nunn, Lee County and Her Forebears (Montgomery, AL: Herff Jones, 1983), 35.
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