W.S. Harlan is official bicentennial Pastport site

Published 8:13 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

W.S. Harlan Elementary School is now an Alabama Bicentennial PastPort stamp location. The school will be identified on the PastPort app in the latest update.

Ava Blocker gets her PastPort stamped by school secretary Ramona Barrett.

Alabama’s Bicentennial Committee has published a book, “Pastport,” which is a guide to the highlights of each of the state’s 67 counties. The book is designed to encourage people to travel to each of the counties, and to have their books stamped like a passport.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our school and its history with others, WSH Principal Joy Colvin said. “When they walk through these doors for their stamp, they are walking into the oldest active schoolhouse in Covington County. We hope this will not only make visitors from all over our state aware of this community but also reinforce the sense of pride we hope we are instilling in our students. Each school day they pass by a historical marker placed by the Alabama Historical Association and an auditorium and field dedicated to teachers who served this school for many years. History and service are important to us, and we just want to share that as much as we can.”

Already, the stamps are available in Andalusia at LAAC’s The Gallery, the Three Notch Museum, and at Springdale. W.S. Harlan is the first Florala site identified.

PastPort books are $10, and are available online at

Alabama200.org, or at The Gallery in Andalusia.