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Property Name Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District
Reference Number 13000789
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Town Little Rock
Street Address Roughly bounded by Wright Ave. on. the north. S. Chester St. on the east, S. Ringo St. on the west. anct W. 24th St. on the south
Multiple Property Submission Name Historically Black Properties in Little Rock's Dunbar School Neighborhood
Status Listed 9/27/2013
Areas of Significance EDUCATION, ETHNIC HERITAGE/BLACK
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000789.pdf
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The Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District (District) is locally significant under National Register Criterion A in the area of Ethnic Heritage for its associations with the African American history of Little Rock. As a collective, it is representative of the evolution of a neighborhood from an integrated working and middle-class neighborhood in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century to a predominantly African American working and middle-class neighborhood in Little Rock by the 1960s. The period of significance for the District begins with the date of the initial construction of the first residence within the boundary of the District, 1890, and extends through 1961, the construction date of the newest contributing building within the District. This period includes the significant dates of 1929 and 1955, which signaled the opening and closing of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School and Junior College, the showcase of the District, for which it is so-named.

 

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