The History of Risley
Colored Memorial School and Risley High School
Brunswick's first public school for African Americans opened in 1870 as
the Freedmen's School, later changed to Risley School to honor Captain
Douglas Gilbert Risley, who raised funds for the school's construction.
In 1923 the adjacent building, Colored Memorial High School, was built
and named to honor African-American veterans in World War I. In 1936
Risley High School was built on the site of the 1870 Freedmen's School
and remained in service until 1955 when a new Risley High School was
constructed. Both the Colored Memorial School and Risley High School
are landmarks of African-American education in Glynn County.
Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Glynn County Board of Education and the Risley Alumni Association
(Text of the Colored Memorial School and Risley High School Historical Marker)