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Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

The Original Dunbar School

 
 
The Original Dunbar School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
1. The Original Dunbar School Marker
Inscription.  The cornerstone of the first Dunbar School which began as The Fairmont Colored School built in 1903. It replaced the original wood frame building that is marked on the map. Dunbar Street overlooks downtown Fairmont. In 1909 it became known as Dunbar Grade School and was officially designated as a high school by the State in 1916. The current structure on Weatherwax Street was opened in 1929.
Map published by D. J. Lake and CO. in 1886

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is August 23, 1903.
 
Location. 39° 29.082′ N, 80° 8.606′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Adams Street (U.S. 250) east of Monroe Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, and adjacent to the flagpole, directly in front of the Marion County Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Adams Street, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boaz Fleming (here, next to this marker); Marion County Courthouse (within shouting distance of
The Original Dunbar School Marker (<i>wide view; mounted atop original school cornerstone</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 4, 2013
2. The Original Dunbar School Marker (wide view; mounted atop original school cornerstone)
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Mountain City
3538 G.U.O. of O.F.
Aug. 23, 1903.

(*Grand United Order of Odd Fellows)
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this marker); Fairmont (within shouting distance of this marker); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A. Brooks Fleming House (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
 
More about this marker. Marker is an acrylic-covered, rectangular plaque mounted at ground-level atop the original Dunbar School cornerstone.
 
Also see . . .  Dunbar School still a beloved Fairmont landmark. There was a time, not too long ago, when children were kept separate. White students went to Fairmont Senior High School, and black students went to the “Colored School,” later known as Dunbar. What is now considered Dunbar High School is located where Weatherwax becomes High Street. It was built to accommodate more students after overcrowding became a problem at the old school building. (Submitted on February 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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