Alexander County/Illinois Genealogy Trails

Contributed by Norman Thomas

The London School was located 1 3/4 miles south of Olive Branch on the Miller City road. The school was founded by Nathan London. It was the first school for black students in Alexander County in the 1880s. The London Church was next to the school. The Nathan London Memorial marks the spot of the school and church. It was dedicated March 14, 2001 to the memory of Nathan Londan, a self-educated man who joined the Union Army's Co. D, 5th Regt., U. S. Colored Troops at his home in Tennessee. He distinguished himself during the war, attaining the rank of Sergeant and Paymaster. Moving to Southern Illinois he established the school and church near the site where he farmed. Rev. London, born a slave, lived to be 108 years of age. He and his wife, Sarah, are buried in the Mound City National Cemetery.

Source: Nathan London Memorial plaque.

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