The Franklin Street School in Cape May opened in 1927 and functioned as a "separate but equal" elementary school in Cape May until 1948. It may have been one of the last segregated schools in the state. On May 17, 1997, community groups sponsored a reunion, attended by many of the former students. The city has used the building as a storage area, but currently has plans to restore it as a cultural and arts center.
Franklin Street School Cape May, New Jersey, 1996
Front doors of the Franklin Street School in Cape May. Originally a part of the segregated school system in New Jersey, the building has served as a municipal storage area. The city plans to restore the building as a cultural and arts center.
Franklin Street School Classroom Cape May, New Jersey, 2002
Interior of the Franklin Street School. The blackboard/moveable partition is in the upstairs classroom.