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MO town's last black school to be demolished

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (AP) - The last segregated school for black students in Cape Girardeau will soon meet the wrecking ball.

The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/r9KNXp) reports that the 107-year-old Jefferson School will be demolished next week.

The school was named to Missouri's list of most endangered historic places in June. City inspectors considered the building dangerous and began condemnation proceedings in July.

Historic preservationists say the demolition will erase an important link to the city's history.

The building housed the last school for black students in Cape Girardeau before the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. That ruling declared state laws permitting segregated schools unconstitutional.

The owner had tried to sell the building, but there were no buyers.

 

Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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