A tribute to old Armstrong High

02/06/2016 7:57 AM by

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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