Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in Phoenix.
You can plan a trip with your family to these places with the helpful map, courtesy of MapQuest, below!
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
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has a rich history dating back to 1926, when it was known as the Phoenix Union Colored High School. It was later renamed George Washington Carver High School
, remaining in operation until desegregation in 1954. The school was purchased in 1996 by a group of former Carver students who raised public and private funds to renovate the building and turn it into a cultural center. Now, the museum is home to the Gwendolyn L. Smith Memorial Library, which boasts an exhaustive collection of newspapers, magazines and other materials documenting black history and culture. An outdoor sculpture garden pays tribute to four young black girls who were killed in the bombing of a Sunday school in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. The museum hosts a number of traveling exhibits. A notable one includes the 2011 "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Leagues Baseball
," which featured photos and memorabilia covering a period from the late 1800s to the 1960s. The permanent exhibits explore the history of the school, its early students and notable black figures in the Phoenix community. The staff is small, and the hours are sometimes irregular, so call ahead to schedule a guided tour.
415 E. Grant St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours Of Operation:
noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.