Froebel School

Froebel School (HM1MQW)

Location: Gary, IN 46407 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 35.27', W 87° 20.572'

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Froebel opened here, 1912, as many European immigrants and southern blacks moved to Gary for jobs in steel mills. An experiment in progressive education, it served students of diverse backgrounds and the local community. Despite early status as integrated school, black students were excluded from many extracurricular activities and facilities into 1940s. Closed 1977.
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After WWII, Froebel made national headlines when hundreds of white students walked out protesting "integration experiment" there. "Hate strikes" lasted several weeks in 1945 and reflected growing racial tension in North. In 1946, Gary school board adopted desegregation policy, but discrimination continued. Indiana state law desegregating public schools passed 1949.
Marker Number45.2014.1
Year Placed2014
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, Froebel Alumni Park Committee, and Northern Indiana Public Service Company
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 471422 N 4604072
Decimal Degrees41.58783333, -87.34286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.27', W 87° 20.572'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 16.2" N, 87° 20' 34.32" W
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Area Code(s)219
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-598 W 15th Ave, Gary IN 46407, US
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