Carver School / Desegregation of Schools Across the South Historical

Carver School / Desegregation of Schools Across the South Historical (HM1XWI)

Location: Tupelo, MS 38804 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 16.251', W 88° 42.454'

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Carver School

Named for Dr. George Washington Carver, Carver School was built in 1939 to
serve the educational Tupelo's African-American children Carver, along with local churches, was the center of social activities for the African-American community. In addition to educating children, the school produced many talented athletes and musicians, The campus also housed the community recreation center known then as "the playground during the summer months. The Desegregation Act of 1954 did not affect Carver directly until 1965 when "freedom of choice" took the place of "separate but equal." A handful of high school students enrolled at Tupelo High School, not without controversy but without the violence some experienced across the South. A greater number of elementary students enrolled at Church Street Elementary School. When the federal government mandated that all schools in the South must integrate Carver School became a meeting center for the African-American community. After total desegregation, Carver School became the ninth-grade center for all Tupelo school children and currently houses an elementary school. Today, Carver stands as a monument to the Tupelo educational system and the many thousands of school children whose education has been advanced there.

of Schools Across the South

For 58 years following the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy v.
Ferguson, segregation in public schools became the standard throughout
the South. The "separate but equal" rule led to the establishment of a
dual but unequal school system, one for white students and one for black
students. School administrators and school boards, through policies and
practices, allowed the quality of white schools to be superior to that of
black schools. It was common practice for black schools to receive used
textbooks, often outdated, that were handed down from their white
counterparts. The same was true for science equipment, desks, chairs,
band instruments, football equipment and office equipment. In 1955, thé
Supreme Court ordered desegregation of public education facilities at
the state level "with all deliberate speed in Brown v. Board of Education.
For many school districts in the South, however, deliberate speed came
to mean slow speed, and full integration was not realized for many
years following the court ruling.
Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 342803 N 3793507
Decimal Degrees34.27085000, -88.70756667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 16.251', W 88° 42.454'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 16' 15.06" N, 88° 42' 27.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1020-1098 Farrah Cir, Tupelo MS 38804, US
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