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SUMNER_970806_01.JPG: Sumner School Museum & Archives
This building served as the first black high school in the country. It was erected in 1872. It is named after a white Senator, Charles Sumner. Sumner, an abolitionist, was nearly beaten to death on the floor of the US Senate by South Carolina Senator Preston Smith Brooks during a heated debate on slavery in 1856. Sumner had delivered a blistering speech against Andrew Butler from South Carolina and Brooks, Butler's nephew, caned him afterward. Sumner never fully recovered while Brooks returned home to a hero's welcome and gifts of additional canes.
Wikipedia Description: Charles Sumner School
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The Charles Sumner School, established in 1872, was one of the earliest schools for African Americans in Washington, D.C. Named for the prominent abolitionist and United States Senator Charles Sumner, the school became the first teachers college for black citizens in the city and the headquarters of its segregated school system for African American students. It currently houses a small museum, a research room, art exhibits, and the archives of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Construction and naming:
The Charles Sumner School was built on land that had previously been used as a school site by the Freedmen's Bureau, created after the Civil War to provide support for freed slaves. The school was named for Charles Sumner, a prominent abolitionist and United States Senator from Massachusetts who fought, among other things, for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia and for the right of black citizens to use streetcars in that city. The building was designed by prominent Washington architect Adolf Cluss, a task for which he would receive a design award at the 1873 Vienna Exposition. The school opened in 1872.
Use as a school:
An Act of Congress in 1862 had required the creation of schools for black children in Washington, D.C. However, it was not until 1873 that the responsibility for administration of the schools was removed from federal agencies and placed in local hands. At that point, separate superintendents were appointed to administer the education of white and black children in the city. Charles Sumner School was one of the first schools in this new school system, housing elementary school classes as well as the high school that eventually became Dunbar High School, graduating its first high school students in 1877. That same year, the school was renamed the Myrtilla Miner Normal School and became the District's first teacher's college for African Americans. In addit ...More...
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In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
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