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In the early 1880's, former slaves organized a congregation and held church services near a grove of laurel on Beulah Road. The trustees including Middleton Braxton, George Carroll, Thornton Gray, and William Jasper focused on education. In 1881, Georgianna and William Jasper, a former slave of Wil
Laurel Grove School was built by newly freed slaves in 1884 to educate the "first generation born to freedom....
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