2016 Juneteenth



June 16th - 18th

Bartow County's 3rd annual Juneteenth Celebration


June 15th -Community Juneteenth Bible Study:

                         6pm refreshments

                         7pm Bible Study

                         Place-Heritage Museum


June 17th-Juneteenth Festival Day 1

                        6pm until 9pm

                        Place-Summer Hill Complex


June 18th-Juneteenth Parade


                         Juneteenth Festival Day 2

                        12pm until 9pm

                        Place-Summer Hill Complex

KROGER Rewards Program;

Please help the Summer Hill Foundation by joining the Kroger Rewards Program. . . it is free to join and free for you to help us.

The School

Established by Ronald Johnson in 1889, Summer Hill School was a wood framed Rosenwald structure of white clapboard with only a few rooms.  Summer Hill School opened its doors with only 55 students from grades one 1 - 8


After the higher grades were added, the lower grades remained in the old building and grades 9-12 were moved to the new building at the bottom of the hill which was named Summer Hill High School. Summer Hill High School was the only high school that blacks could attend during this period in Bartow County.  Renovated and reopened to the public, the Summer Hill Complex now has a museum.


The Community

The Summer Hill community included black entrepreneurs and businesses, social and civic organizations, the Summer Hill PTA, churches and Slab Stadium which hosted black baseball teams and served as a business anchor to the community.

The Experience

The Students mostly learned from the worn out books they could not take home to study.  Jim Crow laws forced blacks to live "behind the veil" in the words of W.E.B. Du Bois and Civil Rights was mostly a civil fight.  But through it all, this village - Summer Hill - raised happy, intelligent and culturally diverse people who have a rich history to tell.