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Property Name Booker T . Washington High School
Reference Number 14000550
State Virginia
County Staunton
Town Staunton
Street Address 1114 West Johnson Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/3/2014
Areas of Significance EDUCATION, ETHNIC HERITAGE: African American, SOCIAL HISTORY: Civil Rights, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000550.pdf
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The Booker T. Washington High School is locally significant under Criterion A in the areas of Education and Ethnic Heritage: African American for its association with the cultural and educational patterns that have made a significant contribution to the African American history of Staunton. It operated as the only African American high school in the Staunton area from 1936 to 1966. Outside of strictly educational functions, the building served as a public meeting space for the African American community during the era of segregation. The school is also a source of pride in the African American community for the supportive and formative role that it played in many individuals´┐Ż lives. It was named for Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 - November 14, 1915), a man born into slavery, who later became a great American educator and civil rights leader.

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