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Desegregation in this county

By David Stark

In 1866 a Missouri law was passed obligating Missouri towns to be responsible for their schools. In November of that year, a school for black children was started in Gallatin in a room rented from Capt. John Ballinger until a schoolhouse was ready.

The schoolhouse was completed in 1867 at the northeast corner of Johnson and Chestnut streets in west Gallatin in the Woodruff-Strong-Cooper Addition. By 1870,

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