Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children

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Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children
Opened 1911
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Mount Meigs, AL
Alternate Names
  • Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Law-Breakers
  • Alabama Industrial School


The Mt. Meigs Complex is located on 780 acres adjacent to Interstate 85 North approximately fifteen miles east of downtown Montgomery. The facility, previously known as the “Alabama Boys Industrial School”, was acquired in 1911 by the State of Alabama. The property includes a juvenile correctional facility for 264 adjudicated males and the central offices for the Department of Youth Services administrative and support divisions.

Students attend the Wallace School and are given the opportunity to receive educational, career and technical services in a variety of trade areas including Welding, Auto Mechanics, Brick Masonary, Business Management, and Building Construction.GED studies and Distance Learning also are available through the academic program. Other services include access to medical, psychological, case management and other basic services important to positive youth development. In addition, the complex has expanded its services to include the Chemical Addiction Program (CAP) and the Accountability Based Sex Offender Program (ABSOP).