Douglass School

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Bristol’s Douglass School traces its origins to a one-story 1896 brick building called “The Colored School.” In 1911 the name was changed to Douglass School for Negro Students, in honor of Frederick Douglass. Then in 1921, a new site for the school was selected near downtown Bristol, and the current Douglass School was erected, with later additions made in 1929 and 1963. The property is historically significant for having solely provided for the education of Bristol’s African American students prior to public school integration in 1966.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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