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A tribute to old Armstrong High

Michael Paul Williams published a look at the meaning of the old Armstrong High School building, slated for demolition as part of the Creighton renewal project:

The school’s social and cultural importance has been established. Armstrong’s roster of distinguished alums — from the East End site and other buildings through the decades — includes the nation’s first elected black governor (L. Douglas Wilder); its first black network anchor (Max Robinson, son of legendary Armstrong coach Maxie Robinson); the first African-American to command a naval fleet (Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr.); and the first black member of the General Assembly in the 20th century (Dr. William Ferguson Reid).

The next Armstrong Memorial Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16, at 6:00 PM at Woodville Elementary School (2000 North 28th Street).

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Construction of Armstrong HS in 1952 via Library of Virginia

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It will be a change to demolish the high school. It served it’s purpose for many years. Now it’s time to move forward.

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As a part of the tribute we need to ensure that any artifacts remaining on the premises are preserved . I wonder if any part of our family will have a say in what is to be preserved ?

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I wasn’t able to attend the meeting but I would like to know if there are any artifacts from 1965 to 1969 I recognize that change must come but keep a part of history to