The Fairview School has achieved another milestone and has been added to the Georgia Register of Historic Places. This designation was bestowed on Friday, August 26 by the National Register Review Board of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division (HPD).
Similar to the National Register, the Georgia Register of Historic Places is a form of recognition which makes individually listed structures eligible for state property tax incentives and provides for a review of some state-funded undertakings.
The Georgia Register is the official listing of historic resources for the state and is maintained by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The Georgia Register of Historic Places is an important step to attaining the highest level of designation as a National Historic Landmark. The HPD has nominated Fairview School to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
The HPD presented a nomination to the National Park Service and designation is pending. Sarah Love, HPD Archaeology Outreach Coordinator, prepared the final nomination and presented the information to the National Register Review Board of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division. Mark McDonald, president of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Jeanne Cyriaque, vice-chair of the Georgia Humanities Council commented on their behalf.
If a property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places it is able to obtain federal historic preservation funding, when available.
The Fairview School, located in Cave Spring was designated by The Georgia Trust as a 2011 Place in Peril to help raise awareness and support for the restoration of the historic building. The circa 1924 Fairview School building is one of the few remaining schools built to provide education to African American children in Georgia. Much of the history of this school has been lost, but the Fairview School building remains as an example of segregated education and the impact it had on the children of the period.
For more information the restoration and preservation efforts of the Fairview School, visit fairviewbrown.org or contact The Fairview and E.S. Brown Heritage Chairman and Executive Director, Joyce Perdue-Smith, at 404-759-3918.