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Welcome to Brooksville!

Brooksville town history board

Black Leg

Originally named Sewell, Brooksville was founded in 1903. Sewell was a white doctor in the area who owned most of the land and who treated the residents. A.R. Brooks became the first black person to settle the area. He was a cotton buyer and farmer. The town was named after Mr. Brooks and his son W.M. Brooks was the first postmaster. St. Johns Baptist church was soon established in the area by Reverend Jedson White in 1906. Not long afterwards the members of the church built a building that still stands today. Brooksville boasted two mills, three hotels, had two doctors and a Santa Fe Railroad station. Reverend White began to travel the south recruiting other blacks for settlement in the new town. Banneker school, named after Benjamin Banneker a black man credited as one of the original surveyors of our nation’s capital, was built in 1924 with the help of Mr. Julius Rosenwald’s fund. The original school building was destroyed by a fire, but class was re-established when a wooden building replaced the old stone structure. The stone building was well equipped with a domestic science room, a small yet sufficient library, four large rooms and a three-hundred-seat auditorium. The first African American graduate student of the University of Oklahoma, George W. McLaurin, taught at the school. Although the original school had burned down, the children in the town were still able to obtain a proper education. The wooden school served students until its closure in 1968, after the integration of the public schools. Like almost all other black towns, the school funding in addition to the students were sent to nearby white schools when schools integrated in the sixties. The old school building then became a community center which still stands today, next to the city hall. The town became incorporated in October, 1972. The town's population dropped to about 63 people by 2010. Fewer people live in historic black communities today. Situated on the Black Leg, Brooksville is the last stop before the final destination on the 13 Black Towns Tour.

Mayor with tour founder
Visiting Brooksville 2019 BTMT
Riders in Brooksville 2019
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