School #59

Louisa May Alcott School, better known as school #59, located at Keyworth and Reisterstown Road. The former elementary school is named after a 19th century American author best known for her novel Little Women. Opened in 1910 it was one of the best architecturally designed schools in the city. At it's inception and until the 1960's the population was predominately Jewish. During the 1960's as Blacks broke down racial obstacles the school and the community became majority Black.

Set for closure during the 1970's, the Black experience in this school is memorable but short lived. In 1990, under the Schmoke Administration it was transformed into affordable housing for seniors and now operates as the Alcott Place apartments. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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