AshpoleInstitute1899.jpg

Ashpole Institute was a private boarding school established in 1878 by the Cape Fear Baptist Association. It preceded the incorporation of Fairmont by twenty years. The founder and headmaster was Rev. Stinceon Ivey, pastor of Fairmont First Baptist Church. Shown above is an 1899 photograph of the school, its teachers and students. It was located on the site of the present-day Fairmont Municipal Building.

Thanks to Paul Thompson for making this photograph available.

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