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Graymont Elementary School

 
 
Graymont Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 19, 2020
1. Graymont Elementary School Marker
Inscription.  On September 4, 1963, Graymont Elementary School was the first public school in Birmingham to be racially integrated. Two brothers, nine and eleven years old, accompanied by their father, James Armstrong, along with Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and attorney Oscar Adams Jr., became the first African Americans to register in an all-white city school. The 1963 desegregation of Graymont Elementary, as well as of West End High and Ramsey High in the same year, came in response to a court suit challenging Birmingham's segregated education system. The case had been initiated by James Armstrong in 1960, but it was not until three years later that the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court compelled the school board to admit black students.
 
Erected 2018 by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation.
 
Location. 33° 30.849′ N, 86° 50.463′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at
View of marker and former school in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 19, 2020
2. View of marker and former school in background.
Building is now used by the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO).
the intersection of 8th Avenue West and 3rd Street West, on the right when traveling west on 8th Avenue West. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 8th Ave W, Birmingham AL 35204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smithfield (approx. ¼ mile away); Birmingham - Southern College (approx. half a mile away); Walker Memorial Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Disabled American Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wilson's Raiders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rickwood Field (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Rickwood Field (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  BHAM Wiki article on the former Graymont Elementary School. (Submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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