Sumner Elementary School, no longer endangered. Sumner Elementary School
is the school which rejected Linda Brown
as a student in the 1950's. Her family, among others, are the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education
is a gorgeous Art Deco structure
(with a marble fireplace
in the kindergarten! .pdf, scroll down for pic
), but because Sumner Elementary was still in use at the time, Monroe Elementary
, the all-black school Linda was expected to attend, became the site of the National Landmark. Oddly enough, the first Sumner Elementary on the site was a school for black children until 1885.
The plan is to turn it into a community center .pdf, auction applications
I can't wait to see some better photos. It's so small in the scheme of problems to solve in the world, but this sort of preservation and repurposing makes me very happy.