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Tuskegee in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tuskegee High School

 

— The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail —

 
Tuskegee High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
1. Tuskegee High School Marker
Inscription.  In August of 1963, the United States District Court M. D. Alabama sided with the plaintiff in Lee v. Macon County Board of Education. This pivotal civil rights case involved the integration of, the all-white Tuskegee High School (located on this site) September 2, 1963, thirteen African American students attempted to attend the school on the first day of classes. The Governor of Alabama, George Wallace, ordered the school closed due to “safety concerns." The school reopened a week later. It ultimately closed, permanently, due to white students rapidly withdrawing. Because of these events and others, in March of 1967, a three-judge federal district court issued a blanket order for nation-wide desegregation of schools. The order was upheld later that year in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Wallace v. United States. The Supreme Court case, of which Lee v. Macon County was a part, went on to become a blueprint for school desegregation throughout the United States.
 
Erected 2019 by City Of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. (Marker Number
Marker at the former Tuskegee High School location. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
2. Marker at the former Tuskegee High School location.
Now the location of Tuskegee Elementary Public School.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers ✡️, and the Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail, Alabama series lists.
 
Location. 32° 25.262′ N, 85° 41.292′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 29) and East Price Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Price Street, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); "Trade With Your Friends" (approx. ¼ mile away); Macon County Confederate Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); 119 Westside Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (approx. 0.3 miles away); Macon County Legal Milestone (approx. 0.3 miles away); William P. Mitchell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rosa Parks (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Also see . . .  An article from the Encyclopedia of Alabama on Lee v. Macon County Board of Education.
Tuskegee High School Marker looking north on US Highway 29 towards US Highway 80. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
3. Tuskegee High School Marker looking north on US Highway 29 towards US Highway 80.
(Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Dedication program and associated map of trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
4. Dedication program and associated map of trail.
All thirteen new markers were dedicated on September 20th, 2019 at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.

Please note #1 on the map, Amelia Boynton Robinson marker is actually on Franklin Road, NNW of Tuskegee University, near Boy Scout Circle.

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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