Historic Preservation: Pembroke Gets Dingle School

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Less than an hour after Pembroke City Council voted to accept the Bryan County Board of Education’s donation of the Dingle School, longtime City Councilor Johnnie Miller made a quick tour of the grounds for the benefit of a journalist.

“I was right here in a classroom when we heard that Martin Luther King Jr. had been murdered,” Miller recalls, who also recalled much happier times at what was once the county school for black children in Pembroke and North Bryan.

Built in 1949 and subsequently expanded, the school known to locals as its sole principal, Leon Dingle, at one point had its own gymnasium and cafeteria, and also housed Pembroke High School, where Miller excelled. in sport for the Tigers until his freshman year before integration began in 1969 and Miller transferred to Bryan County High School.

The campus itself later became Bryan County Middle School and today houses the Bryan County Head Start office and the Pembroke Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority office.

The school spans 4.1 acres and has a tax value of $ 288,600, according to the tax assessor’s website, and what comes next from the city’s perspective is unclear.

Monday’s vote to accept the property was historic, said Miller and Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook, but it was just another step in a long process. The plan now is to involve alumni in preserving the history that Dingle School represents and turn it into a museum or learning center, officials said.

“I’m excited about this, the board is excited about it. We’ve been working to achieve this for 20 years, ”said Cook. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but the start will be for us to take possession of it and go from there.” Pembroke City Council on Monday: approved a request from Public Safety Director Bill Collins to spend about $ 2,000 to purchase security cameras and skate park gear near the teenage center.

The park has been the site of continued vandalism, Collins said.

Agreed to help DDA buy a Christmas tree for about $ 9,000, with DDA paying part of it through fundraising.

The Pembroke Night Out is announced from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 27 at the J. Dixie Harn Community Center.

Hearings announced in town hall on the 2021 mileage rate on July 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and again on August 9 at 5:30 p.m.

The rate is 10 miles, which is the same as last year.

Due to the increased digest, owners will likely see higher ratings.


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