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Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sunset Hill School

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
1. Sunset Hill School Marker
Inscription.  The Queen Street School, one of the first schools in Shenandoah County for African Americans, had opened in Strasburg by 1875. After a fire in 1929, a new school known as Sunset Hill was built here ca. 1930 to serve grades 1-7. Because the county had no high school for African American students, graduates had to go elsewhere to attend higher grades. African Americans petitioned for better facilities, and the school board considered building a new segregated elementary school as late as 1962, eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that public school segregation was unconstitutional. Sunset Hill closed in 1964 when Shenandoah County schools were fully desegregated.
 
Erected 2020 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number AB 4.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 38° 59.604′ N, 78° 21.94′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Sunset Street 0.1 miles west
Sunset Hill School image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
2. Sunset Hill School
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of Capon Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 348 Sunset St, Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Strasburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Open House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stonewall's Surprise (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sonner House (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Legion (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
 
Additional keywords. segregation, Jim Crow era
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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