The Coast / Midway

Historic Dorchester Academy & Museum

8787 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Midway, GA 31320

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  • The Room where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed.

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  • Entrance to the Grounds of Dorchester Academy

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  • Inside the Museum

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Dorchester Academy was founded after the Civil War as a school for freed slaves. By 1917, the fully-accredited high school had eight frame buildings and 300 students. This African American historic site hosted Dr. Martin Luther King's planning meetings for his 1963 march on Birmingham. Dorchester Academy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Landmark in 2006.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Tuesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wednesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thursday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Saturday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Super Museum Sunday at Dorchester Academy

    Super Museum Sunday at Dorchester Academy

    02/05/2017 - 02/05/2017

    Join Dorchester Academy for free tours during Super Museum Sunday. The Dorchester Academy was founded in 1871 by the American Missionary Association (now the United Church of Christ) as a school for freed slaves. By 1917, the fully-accredited high school had an enrollment of 300 students. Although the academic program ended in the 1940’s when a consolidated school for black youth was built in nearby Riceboro, the pioneering spirit did not. In the 1940s, the Dorchester Cooperative Center was es... read more

  • First Annual Susie King Taylor Symposium

    First Annual Susie King Taylor Symposium

    02/06/2017 - 02/06/2017

    Join Public Historian, Writer and Interpretation Strategist Hermina Glass-Hill, MHP for this event to bring knowledge about the life, times and contributions of Susie King Taylor to Liberty County, the low country and American history.

    Susie King Taylor was a Liberty County born escaped slave who evolved into a Civil War freedom fighter nurse and post-war domestic and civic worker in Boston. Her matriculation in a series of underground schools facilitates her destiny as Georgia's firs... read more