Moses Griffin School

William H. Jones, brickmason; Hardy B. Lane, Sr., carpenter and contractor; Isaac C. Rue, bricklayer and plasterer


New Bern, Craven County
Street Address:

George St., New Bern, NC


No longer standing



Images Published In:

Catherine W. Bishir, Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900 (2013).
Peter B. Sandbeck, The Historic Architecture of New Bern and Craven County, North Carolina (1988).


The wealthy New Bernian Moses Griffin left a bequest to build a school, and his estates papers and other records document the costs and the workmen involved. House carpenter Hardy B. Lane was the principal “architect” and builder, and William [H.] Jones was the principal white bricklayer. Much of the work was accomplished by free and enslaved artisans of color including Richard Tucker and Isaac C. Rue. It was a substantial Greek Revival style brick building similar in detail to other local buildings of the late antebellum period. It burned in 1922. See Sandbeck, New Bern, and Bishir, Crafting Lives.