Mount Zion School – Rentlesville (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Rentiesville, Oklahoma 040, McIntosh County 091; SW 1/4, Sec. 2, T 12 N, R 18 E.  County  McIntosh
Started:   Completed  1935

Current Usage

Description:

A one-room school, Mt. Zion is a single-story, rectangular (25′ x 39′} building constructed of cut but uncoursed native stone of auburn and buff colors. The roof is gabled. The square windows have concrete sills and on the rear reach to the eaves. All trim has been painted red and the single door main entry has a small rain shelter attached to it, but these alterations do not impeach the integrity of the structure.
Because Mt. Zion is a community of Creek Indian freedmen, construction of this school gave jobs to destitute black laborers at a time when such opportunities were very few. The project also infused wages of some 24,000 man-hours of labor into the local economy. It created a new environment conducive to learning for black students theretofore deprived educationally in this rural and very remote area. In addition, the school is very unique within the area in terms of type, style, materials, scale, and workmanship.[1]

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Go east of Checotah on U. S. 266 some 6 miles then 5 miles north on county road then east on county road 2 miles to the school site, in a 1.5 acre tract in the SW corner of the SW 1/4 measuring 210 feet by 315 feet in Sec. 2, T 12 N, R 18 E.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination – http://oli_shpo.okstate.edu/query_result.aspx?id=66664&pbc=P

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties McIntosh County – Mount Zion School

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