St. Albans Historical Society

Field Trip – Garnet High School Tour (Charleston, WV)

Join us for a tour of historic Garnet High School!  Meet at Garnet (422 Dickinson St, Charleston, WV 25301) at 2:00 p.m. sharp for a tour.  There is plenty of parking at the facility!  This tour is FREE and everyone is welcome.

From Wikipedia:

Garnet High School, also known as Garnet Career Center and Garnet Adult Education Center, is a historic African-American high school in Charleston, West Virginia. The school was established when “twelve African-American students in Kanawha County passed an entrance examination for high school level course work.” It was named after Henry Highland Garnet, who was a former slave who became the United States ambassador to Liberia. It is a three-story, brick structure, constructed in 1928-29 from the plans of the prestigious Charleston architectural firm of Warne, Tucker, Silling, and Hutchison, and dedicated December 2 to 4, 1929. The façade features a limestone-arched entrance containing two sets of double doors, transom light, and a limestone tympanum. Garnet was one of three high schools in the Kanawha Valley built for African-American students. It closed as a high school in 1956, following the integration of the public schools, but has been used as a public resource building since that time.

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