The History of Risley


RLC Historical Marker


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)