Myers Street School 

African American
S. Myers St. and E. Stonewall St.

The Myers Street School was built in 1886 and remained Charlotte’s only public school serving African Americans until 1907. It was colloquially referred to as the "Jacob's Ladder School" after the prominent exterior stairway – and after the Biblical passage that offers hope for advancement.

Romare Bearden vaguely recalled his early school years in Charlotte and believed he may have attended this very school.

Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Romare Bearden's School Bell Time, from the Profile/Part I: The Twenties series (Mecklenburg County). 1978. Collage on board, 29¼ x 41". Kingsborough Community College, C.U.N.Y.

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Works Cited:

"Samuel B. Pride and the Myers Street School." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 26 Oct. 2010.

Schwartzman, Myron. Romare Bearden: His Life and Art. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1990. Print.