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Clark Street School

Clark Street School


Clark Street School

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a.k.a. Douglass High School

a.k.a. Lower Colored School

215 Clark St
Evansville, IN

Quick Timeline

1869 School is built
1889 New building is erected
1897 High School moves to Clark St
1919 School is renamed Douglass High School
1928 Classes are moved to Lincoln
c1937 razed


East side of Clark St between Pennsylvania St and Ohio St
District: Downtown
Latitude: 37.977226
Longitude: -87.576801
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frederick douglass east clark st between 3rd and 4th ave near lower water between between carpenter house and river clark street colored school looks like different building in 1880 and 1884 Built prior to 1869 in leased house 1877 additional room added

In 1889, a new building was built for the rapidly expanding black population.

Became the high school building in 1897. A two-room addition was added at that time. Previously the school had been in the temp high school

primary school (>1895 <1901 addition) phased out as colored people left the High st district later became manual training school

The school was renamed Frederick Douglass hs 1918/1919

Addition 1921 m j hoffman construction

Douglass is incorporated into Lincoln in 1928 along with other black schools. later used as warehouse and shops looks like newer school buildings (1 story) 1937 aerial and in 1962 sanborn

See also Schools / Education Downtown district

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