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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

118-5320 Armstrong Elementary School

Armstrong Elementary School
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VLR Listing Date 06/21/2012

NRHP Listing Date 08/22/2012

NPS property number 12000542

Lynchburg’s Armstrong School was built for African American students during Virginia’s era of segregated education. Constructed just prior to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas that struck down racial segregation in public schools, the school was a so-called “equalization school,” intended by racial segregationists to forestall integration by offering modern amenities approximately equal to those of whites-only elementary schools in Lynchburg at the time.


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

Updated March 22, 2019