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Va. Museum Honors Segregation-era High School

June 28, 2010

A new Virginia Beach museum celebrates a high school built for black students during segregation. The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum opened Saturday.

Parents purchased the land and helped build the school in 1937 after the school board refused to build a high school for black children, who were being bused to Norfolk. The school was open from 1938 to 1969, when schools were integrated.

The museum is located inside an alternative school that was built on the site of the former high school. It features artifacts from alumni, a recreation of the stage and informational panels about the school and its place in history.

It will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays until Sept. 6, when hours will change.

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