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Lincoln School

Lincoln School, Vandalia, Audrain County. The Lincoln School is at least the fourth building constructed for use as a school for African-American students in Vandalia. It was constructed in 1927 by the Walsh Company, a local construction and brick-making firm, on land donated by the Ellis Brothers, Vandalia pharmacists. The two-story brick building is an unusually large example of an African-American school located in a small Missouri town. The school originally housed grades one through 12; eventually high school students were bused to Mexico, but the school continued in use for elementary grades until integration in 1955.