Step Into History at the Freeman One-Room School

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Step Into History at the Freeman One-Room School

An American flag flies in front of the Freeman One-Room School.
An American flag flies in front of the Freeman One-Room School.

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The Freeman School serves as a reminder of the role the schoolhouse played in the history of the prairie frontier. Officially known as school District Number 21, the school was a center of education for prairie children from 1872 until 1967. During its long history, the school was also a meeting place for the first Trinity Lutheran Church, the polling place for Blakely Township, and a gathering place for many debates, socials and clubs.

It is not known if it was named after Thomas Freeman, a local bricklayer, or Daniel Freeman, a local homesteader. Both men served on the school board at tone time. Daniel garnered national attention with his protest against bible-based lessons at school which led to an important judicial decision regarding the separation of church and state in Nebraska during 1902.

https://www.nps.gov/home/planyourvisit/freemanschool.htm
https://www.nps.gov/home/learn/historyculture/freeman-school-bible-court-case.htm

Last updated: May 2, 2015