W.S. Harlan receives historical recognition

Published 12:35 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Alabama Historical Association has approved the oldest functioning school in Covington County for a historical marker.

“W.S. Harlan School has served the students of the Lockhart area for nearly 100 years, even longer if you count the time before it was known by the name,” she said.

AHA approved the application for a historical marker recently and the school is working to raise the needed $2,540 for the marker and installation.

Evans said the marker will address the impact Jackson Lumber Co.’s W.S. Harlan has on the community and the school.

“The grammar school building at W.S. Harlan is also the oldest schoolhouse in Covington County still functioning as a school,” she said.

The marker will be double-sided with the front documenting the establishment of Lockhart as a mill town and the contributions Lockhart lumber make to many American constructions, such as Grand Central Station.

Evans said they have set up a go fund me account to help raise the funds.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/ws-harlan-school-historical-marker or those who prefer, may donate in person at W.S. Harlan School.