George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center (Phoenix Union Colored High School)
Front of the museum.
Entrance to the museum. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ)
The school, ca. 1926.
Backstory and Context
After integration was implemented after the Brown decision, Carver High School closed. It was then used for office and storage space for decades. This began to change in 1986 when for graduates of the school established the Phoenix Monarchs Alumni Association. The association bought the building in 1996 and grounds with the goal of opening a museum and cultural center. Parts of the building were renovated and updated in the early 2000s. Some of the former classrooms and offices were converted into galleries and the library is used for educational programs. Efforts to expand programming (in science, history, literature, and health and wellness) and conduct further renovations are ongoing as of 2017. Art galleries and a museum are also possible in the future.
Goth, Brenna. "Phoenix school that was segregated envisioned as 'a place you can talk the truth'." AZCentral, Jan. 25, 2017. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/01/25/segregated-phoenix-george-washington-c...
Thibodeau, Todd. "Phoenix Union Colored Higfi School." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. May 2, 1991. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/2dda57a2-18a4-438d-b4b9-c1aa607f697a.