Havre de Grace Colored School

The Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to cover the purchase price of the school which is currently pending sale. Built in 1930, the Havre de Grace Colored School was the first public high school for African-American children in Harford County, Maryland. The establishment of the school came at great personal sacrifice for many in the community who simply wanted African-American students to have an opportunity to obtain quality education. Students of the Colored School formed a visceral bond with educators and community leaders who taught them life lessons and helped prepare them for what they would face upon graduation. Many of these former students are now an integral part of the Foundation’s current preservation and advocacy efforts. Now, almost 90 years later, the Foundation is urgently appealing to the community, State of Maryland, and others to save this valuable piece of history. The vision of the Foundation is to seek a readapted use of the Havre de Grace Colored School that will generate enough sustained income to promote and preserve the rich history and legacy of the school. The Foundation will use a portion of the school as a museum that will celebrate the students, faculty and community leaders who endeavored to obtain quality education for African-American children in Harford County.