Driving along Main Street in Downtown Parkville, Missouri you might be surprised to find that just minutes nearby is a remote one-room school house with an incredible past.
Built in 1885, the Banneker School was constructed as a single classroom for African American students due to the need for access to education at a point in history when segregation prevented many African American children from attending school. Education was afforded to Parkville's African American children at Banneker for 18 years, including 58 students in 1898, preceding a larger school being built in 1904.
The Banneker School Foundation and Historic Site in Parkville, Missouri, a group comprised of volunteers, is working to renovate this site—which has the honor of being placed on the National Historic Registry. Both descendants of the school and community members have created a non-profit to raise funds to be applied toward a capital campaign to restore this Parkville treasure.
In conjunction with celebrating Black History Month, the 2014 Annual Breakfast Fundraiser will be held on February 24th from 7:30-9:30am in the Park University Distance Learning Center.
The program's feature will be "Tales From The Tree," and tickets to the event are $35 (Individual) or for donations of $1,000, guests will receive a table for 10 and special recognition. All monetary gifts are tax deductible.
The Banneker School Foundation and Historic Site in Parkville, Missouri is grateful to be sponsored by Park University, Park Hill School District, Platte County, City of Parkville, and the Platte County Historical Society.
For additional inquiries, contact Liz Miller at 816-808-3211 and on the web athttp://bannekerschoolparkvillemo.org/