Former Dunbar High School in Bessemer, Alabama placed on National Register of Historic Places

The former Dunbar High School in Bessemer, Alabama is now on the National Register of Historic Places, notes a news release from Preserve Alabama. It was placed on the register earlier this month.
The historic school was for almost 40 years Bessemer’s only high school for blacks. It was built in 1923 as Bessemer Colored High School. The name was changed in 1928 to honor black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Students attended the school until 1960, when they moved to a new school building.
Today the old school serves the community as the Dunbar-Abrams Community Center.
The National Register of Historic Places is a program of the National Park Service and is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The Alabama Historical Commission administers the program in Alabama.

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