Warren County woman fights to preserve memories from area's first black school

Harveysburg free black school founded in 1831

HARVEYSBURG, Ohio -- A woman who has spent decades preserving a piece of black history in the heart of a predominately white Warren County village is trying to revive community interest in the struggling landmark today.

Lucy McCarren, 87, of Harveysburg shows up at the drop of hat when someone calls her to ask for a tour of the first free black school in the Northwest Territory.

“It’s a unique thing, I think, for us to have this building this long, this early in the history of the black people,” McCarren said.

The one-room building, which now sits among houses on a tiny street in the once Quaker village of Harveysburg, became a school for blacks in 1831. 

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