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Beulah Rucker Museum

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The Beulah Rucker Museum sits within a building constructed in the late nineteenth century that is recorded on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places. It tells the story of its namesake, Beulah Rucker Oliver, an African-American lady keen to improve the lives of those in her community through education. The first museum in the region to focus on the heritage of African-Americans, it details important moment’s in Oliver’s life, and during her times more generally. The mission of The Educational Foundation and Museum of Beulah Rucker Oliver, Inc., is to memorialize the life of this phenomenal African-American woman through educational and civic activities that enhance the quality of community life.

The museum is dedicated to preserving African-American heritage and promoting awareness of the contributions and personal sacrifice of Ms. Beulah Rucker Oliver. This museum is the first to focus on African-American heritage in Gainesville-Hall County and north Georgia. The life’s work of Beulah Rucker Oliver will live on through her vision of equal education and opportunity and the sacrifices she made in the pursuit of this dream. Her former home and school provide a tangible link with the community’s past. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum features a cultural museum dating from the late 19th century to the present with rooms containing 20th century furnishings, artifacts, and pictures. Beulah Rucker Oliver (1888-1963) was born in Banks County in 1888 to Caroline Wiley and Willis Rucker. She was one of eight children born to the sharecroppers. Ms. Rucker knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to be a teacher and devoted her life to that desire. The first school Ms. Rucker attended was taught in a small wooden church in Banks County call Neal’s Grove. She also attended Jeruel High School in Athens and Knox Institute. During her senior year at Knox Institute, she began to have dreams and visions of establishing a school for her race.

Photography and film shoots for personal and commercial purposes (advertising, TV/film, etc.) are prohibited and must be approved and scheduled in advance by the Public Relations Office. Personal and Commercial shoots, if approved, are subject to additional fees and contractural agreements. It is the user’s responsibility to obtain necessary permissions and pay required fees to estate or appropriate representative for any personal or commercial use of copyrighted material, use of property, artifacts, and/or facilities.

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