History of the Lincoln School

The Lincoln School, located at 902 MLK King Boulevard, was built in 1939 using Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds and the construction of the school provided much needed jobs to residents of the immediate community and was the only school for African American students. 

Lincoln School is a one-story building constructed of unrusticated native sandstone laid in a cobweb design. The school is symmetrical with a centered two-door entrance that is slightly recessed under a low-pitched cross gable. The ribbon windows along the front of the school have been partially infilled with wood and glass blocks. On either side of the front entrance are small arched windows. A sidewalk in front of the school is made of separately laid flat stones.

School district patrons approved a $250,000 bond issue in 1950 to pay for improvements to Lincoln School. A gymnasium and several classrooms were built there, leaving $146,000 for the Ellington facility. The school board voted in 1956 to build the new elementary. In 1965 the school closed when the school district desegregated. Since then, the school has been used for a variety of functions and programs for both the public schools and the community. 

The school is now known as The Lincoln Enrichment Center, and is home to Brighter Futures which provides the faith-based literacy, fitness, recreation programs, and provides a safe and caring place for the children of our community. The center is also used by other non-profit organizations that provide services, training, and other opportunities for children and families.