Watson Chapel Academy

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Watson Chapel Academy
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Watson Chapel Academy
Route 7, Sulphur Spring Road
Pine Bluff , Arkansas
Coordinates 34°11′19″N92°04′10″W / 34.1887184°N 92.0694878°W / 34.1887184; -92.0694878 Coordinates: 34°11′19″N92°04′10″W / 34.1887184°N 92.0694878°W / 34.1887184; -92.0694878
Type Private
Established 1971
Closed 1985
Grades K-12
Color(s) Purple and Gold

Watson Chapel Academy, better known as Chapel Academy (CA) was a private school in the Watson Chapel neighborhood of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It was founded in 1971 as a segregation academy, which provided a means for white parents to keep their children from attending integrated public schools. [1]

Watson Chapel is a neighborhood in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is located at the fork of Highway 79 and Highway 54, directly southwest of downtown Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is the principal city of the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The population of the city was 49,083 in the 2010 Census with 2017 estimates showing a decline to 42,984.

Segregation academy

Segregation academies were private schools in the Southern United States founded in the mid-20th century by white parents to avoid having their children in desegregated public schools. Often dubbed freedom of choice schools by their proponents, they were founded between 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, and 1976, when the court ruled similarly about private schools.



Chapel Academy opened in 1971 with 199 students, along with nearby Jefferson Prep as one of two segregated alternatives to integrated public schools. It closed in 1985. [2]

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