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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: Phoenix Edition

Posted: 02/18/2012 10:02 am

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!

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
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The building 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.

--Robert Macias

Address: 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Telephone: 602-254-7516
Hours Of Operation: noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cost: Free: donations encouraged.
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