Bloomington in Monroe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Benjamin Banneker School
African-American students went to “Colored School” on 6th Street, circa 1874-1915, under 1869 law. New elementary school for black students opened here December 7, 1915 with 93 students and 3 teachers. Gymnasium added 1941-1942. Schools integrated under 1949 Indiana law. Segregation at Banneker ended in 1951 despite protests from some citizens.
Renamed Fairview Annex, integrated sixth grade classes with Banneker and Fairview students met here 1951-1954, until new integrated Fairview School was completed. By 1955, this building became Westside Community Center. In 1994, after major renovation, it was renamed Benjamin Banneker Community Center to commemorate its history as segregated school.
Erected 2008 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Bloomington’s Black Business & Professional Association, Repairing the Breach Committee, and the City of Bloomington. (Marker Number 53.2008.2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Location. 39° 10.124′ N, 86° 32.699′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Indiana, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of W. 7th Street and N. Elm Street, on the right when traveling west on W. 7th Street. Marker is located in front of the Banneker Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 W 7th St, Bloomington IN 47404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monroe County W.W. II Honor Roll (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monroe County / Bloomington World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Memorial Cannon (approx. 0.6 miles away); G.A.R. Soldiers of All Wars Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monroe County's Carnegie Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Colored School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Also see . . . IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on June 3, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 3, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.