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049-5010 Marriott School

Marriott School
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VLR Listing Date 09/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 02/13/2007

NPS property number 07000052

Created in response to the revised Virginia Constitution of 1902, the Marriott School tells the story of rural, segregated public education in Virginia, as well as responses to segregation and the ultimate integration of Virginia’s public education system. The first school on the site, built in 1909, was a direct result of the public high-school mandate of the revised Virginia Constitution of 1902, which stipulated that Virginia children should be educated in segregated public schools. The Marriott School was constructed as the white high school, and served this function until 1937, when it burned. The present school building was constructed in 1938, and became a combined elementary and high school in the early 1960s. It was closed in 1969, after the county’s “freedom of choice” plans, which allowed black children to attend either elementary school in the county, were declared unconstitutional. The closing met considerable opposition in the white community, but the school was re-opened as an integrated school, which it remained until 1992, when it was closed again. From 1994 until late 2001, the Marriott School operated as a branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated September 17, 2018