This consolidated elementary, middle, and high school was built in 1915-1916 was one of only seven schools that catered to African American students until desegregation in the 1950s. This school is unique in that it has heavy associations with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) which a a welfare program developed with the New Deal in order to help increase economic on the state and federal level during the Great Depression. African American schools were a very important component to school systems during the time period previous to desegregation. In combinations with places of worship, schools helped preserve African American culture and tradition.
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