Sanford's Little Red School House

    By Florida Division of Historic Resources Staff

    John H. Hurston House is a notable sites in Seminole County.

    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 Seminole County.  While some of these sites can be visited, other listings are marked "private" and are not open to the public.

    Little Red School House
    519 Palmetto Avenue                                                                                                                                                
    The "Little Red School House," built in 1883, is the earliest school building still standing in Seminole County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the East Side Primary School for many years. After 1995, the building was home to the Tajiri Arts School, which offered programs celebrating African-American heritage. The school is no longer operating.

    Hopper Academy
    1101 South Pine Avenue
    Built between 1900 and 1910, this frame vernacular two story T-shaped building served as Sanford High School. One of the few remaining early black high schools in Florida, the facility now houses an educational community service center.

    John H. Hurston House
    621 East 6th Street (Private)
    The Reverend John Hurston was the father of noted author and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. Reverend Hurston and his wife, Mattie, lived in this Second Empire style residence.

    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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