Carver Elementary School

Carver Elementary School (HM1SR1)

Location: Ferndale, MI 48220 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 27.008', W 83° 9.931'

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During the early twentieth century, many African Americans migrated north to work in Detroit's automobile factories. Increased migration during World War II prompted Royal Oak Township's Clinton School District to split into two racially segregated districts. The new Carver School District and the George Washington Carver Elementary School, built in 1945, served black students. By 1960 the Carver District suffered a drop in tax revenue and could not support a high school. Because neighboring districts would not accept Carver's students, Governor G. Mennon Williams merged the Carver and Oak Park districts. The Carver school closed in 1982. Although much altered, the building is a reminder of "separate but equal" government policies that institutionalized segregation.
HM NumberHM1SR1
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1996
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 321922 N 4702027
Decimal Degrees42.45013333, -83.16551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 27.008', W 83° 9.931'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 27' 0.48" N, 83° 9' 55.86" W
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Area Code(s)248, 313, 586, 810, 734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21150-21298 Mendota Ave, Ferndale MI 48220, US
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