Nogales in Santa Cruz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Grand Ave - Frank Reed School
1928 - 1952
Grand Ave. School was founded in 1928 as a grammar school, grades one through eight, for the African American children of Nogales.
In 1943 the school's name was changed to Frank A. Reed in honor of a former student, Frank A. Reed, who died in action during World War II.
Frank A. Reed School was closed in September 1952 due to desegregation of the Arizona school system.
Teachers were: Lena Martin (Principal) 1928-1952, Florence Mills 1928-1942, Willa Hudson 1942-1943 and 1945-1947, Mildred Simpson Bennett 1944-1945 and 1947-1952.
The uniqueness of our school was due to our African and Mexican heritages. Even though segregated, this school turned out some outstanding students that grew up to be the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Erected 1996 by Primeria Alta Historical Society & City of Nogales, Arizona.
Location. 31° 20.943′ N, 110° 55.725′ W. Marker is in Nogales, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of North Grand Avenue and North Santa Cruz Street, on the right when traveling south on North Grand Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nogales AZ 85621, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino SJ (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Stephen D. Little (approx. ¼ mile away); Commemorating Jacob Isaacson (approx. 1.2 miles away); Montezuma Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Ward's Ranch (approx. 13.6 miles away); Cady Hall (approx. 16.7 miles away); Patagonia Depot (approx. 16.8 miles away); Mowry Mine (approx. 16.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nogales.
More about this marker. This plaque donated by the Jackson family: Lucius Sr., Angela, Ida, Lucius Jr., David, Arthur, Mary, John, Emma, Eva.
Also note that there is an error in the erecting organizations on the marker. The marker shows the "Primeria Alta Historical Society" as one of the erecting organizations, however it should be the "Pimeria Alta Historical Society."
Also see . . . Tucson's African American Heritage. A history of African American heritage in Nogales and a short biography of Frank Reed. (Submitted on February 3, 2010.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
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