DUNBAR SCHOOL: Shared Memories of a Special Past
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On Monday, September 18, 1913, classes began at Dunbar School, Tucson's first school of children of African descent. Mr. Cicero Simmons, a graduate of Booker T. Washington's school at Tuskegee, Alabama was hired as Dunbar's first principal earning a salary of $90 per month. Mr. Morgan Maxwell, Sr., replaced Mr. Simmons in 1940. During the course of the thirty-eight years of the school's history it underwent three name changes. It was know as the "Colored School" in 1913, Dunbar Junior High in 1917, and after segregation of Arizona schools was ended in 1951, it was renamed John A. Spring.
The African American History Internship Project, jointly sponsored by Pima College and the Arizona Historical Society, presents this exhibit. History intern Baiza Muhammad and teaching assistant Annie Sykes utilized photographs borrowed from community members and research collections at the Arizona Historical Society Library. Harry Lawson, PhD, was the project advisor in spring of 1988.
A collection of oral histories titled "Dunbar School: Shared Memories of a Special Past" is also available.