Atmore Historical Society

Lillian Bonner honors grandfather
By JOSH FRYE News Staff Writer Lillian Bonner, a junior at Escambia Academy, recently honored her late grandfather and Atmore native Bob Bonner with a presentation of a Civil War era McClellan saddle to the Atmore Historical Society January 16. Sharing their love for horses, Bob left Lillian with the special gift of his horse barn when he passed away a few months ago. “My grandfather was a history and…
Allen addresses AHS meeting
By BRANDY TURK Special to Atmore News The Atmore Historical Society held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, March 13, in the Atmore YMCA library room. AHS hosted guest speaker Mr. Bob Allen of the Mobile Historical Society. Mr. Allen is a native of Mobile, and is an Auburn and Alabama graduate. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Historic Mobile Preservation Society, chairman of Assets Committee of Historic…
ECTS marker unveiled
When Escambia County Training School was founded in 1920, the county’s first public school for black children was met with scorn and suspicion by most white residents. Now, nearly a century later, the school and its impact on the local community is being praised by people of all colors. Last Friday, Dec. 2, local and state historians joined city officials and others in stressing the importance of the former school…
Historic marker unveiling
Former students of Escambia County Training School will join students of state and local history, public officials and others this Friday, Dec. 2, in unveiling and dedicating a marker commemorating the former school’s designation as a historic landmark. The ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. at 100 Martin Luther King Drive, where the former school, which opened in 1926 and closed in 1970, was established as the county’s first public…