The Lincoln School
The Lincoln School, which stood on this site from 1869 to 1956, was a segregated elementary school intended for the city's African American students, grades one through eight. Hillsboro was the site of the first Northern desegregation suit following the May 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, a decision that abolished the nation's long standing "separate but equal" doctrine.
Following a two-year legal struggle, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a group of parents, and assisted by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the first black Supreme Court Justice, the Hillsboro school system was desegregated in 1956. The lawsuit hastened integration in other parts of Ohio and the north due to the national media coverage.
Erected 2003 by African American Awareness Research Council and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-36.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans •
Location. 39° 12.479′ N, 83° 36.463′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Ohio, in Highland County. Marker is at the intersection of North East Street (Ohio Route 247) and Collins Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North East Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 537 North East Street, Hillsboro OH 45133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Highland County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Highland County Unknown Dead Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Milton Caniff (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Market /Oliver Harris (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gist Settlement (approx. 7.6 miles away); Highland World War II Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away); Kenton and Tecumseh Directional Marker (approx. 9˝ miles away); The Serpent Mound (approx. 15.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro.
Additional keywords. NAACP
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 17, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.