Niblack Elementary School in Lake City

    By Florida Division of Historic Resources Staff

    Columbia County's Niblack Elementary School

    Florida has a rich and diverse history.  African American landmarks and legacies exist in various locations throughout the state. The following historical sites can be found in north Florida's
    Columbia County. While some of these sites can be visited, other listings are marked "private" and are not open to the public.

    Lake City
    Niblack Elementary School
    837 NE Broadway Avenue
    This school was built in 1954 in an effort to consolidate elementary schools serving African American students in Columbia County. Because of her efforts to build, consolidate, and improve schools in the area, the school was named after Minnie Jones Niblack, a teacher, principal and county supervisor. 386-755-8200.

    Richardson High School

    255 NE Coach Anders Lane
    The high school was built in 1957 for the African American youth of Columbia County, and closed in the early 1970s. The gymnasium and basketball court still stand. The playing fields and gym are now part of the Richardson Community Center. 386-754-7095

    Adapted from Florida Black Heritage Trail, published by the Florida Department of State, in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, copyright 2007. For more information on African American sites, please visit
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