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Dunbar Pavilion – Historic Building

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Dunbar Pavilion – Historic Building

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325 W. 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
520-791-4010

February 2020

Tucson’s Black Community and School Segregation

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dunbar Pavilion – Historic Building, 325 W. 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
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In 1909 the Territory of Arizona amended its compulsory school attendance bill to give cities and counties the ability to segregate their schools. Inspired by the change in the law, the Tucson school board conducted a rapid search of available buildings, settling on an abandoned mortuary. Shocked by this unsettling turn of events, Tucson’s Black community, white clergy and newspaper editorials banded together to argue against the use of the building, but, despite pleas and outrage, Tucson’s school board trustees…

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