Lincoln Grant School

In the 1870s, William Grant promised Covington’s African American community a school in return for their support in an upcoming election. In 1880, Grant deeded land to the Covington Board of Education for Grant High School and Lincoln Elementary. In 1931, the new Lincoln-Grant School would be combined into one school.

Designed by A.C. Landberg, the three-story Art Deco building of brick is situated within the historic working class East Side neighborhood of Covington and is included within the Emery-Price Historic District, listed on the National Register in 1986.  From 1931 to 1966, it served as a school for African Americans during the era of racial segregation.

The design of the building made it a state-of-the-art educational facility during the years of “separate but equal” education for blacks and whites, and was one of only a few institutions in all of Kentucky that attempted to match the quality found in contemporary urban school for whites.


Through the 1960s, the school provided a quality education. Members of the faculty held advanced degrees from national universities. Parents from as far away as Indiana sent their children to attend Lincoln Grant. When integration was implemented in the late 1960’s, it spelled the end of Lincoln Grant as a school.


This site is on the Historic Tour. Not open to the public


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