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Monument to Centralia’s past erected at Jaycee Park

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6:46 am

A new monument has risen.

A monument to help people remember a portion of Centralia’s past now watches over a corner of Centralia’s Jaycee Park.

About 8 feet tall on a black iron post, stand a bronze embossed plaque.

Jamie Enyart, center, shows Park Board chair, Mike Kinkead, left and Sonny Tucker, right, where she is in the class picture that is part of the Dunbar School monument erected at Jaycee Park.

It is a monument to the Dunbar School which still stands and was the site of Centralia’s participation in segregation until 1956, when it closed.

The building is still there, on the corner of West Wilson and Fullenwider Streets. Street, in private hands, crumbling and unused for decades.

Former Dunbar students, Jamie Enyart and Sonny Tucker were there for the unveiling of the monument.

“It brings back memories,” Enyart, who attended Dunbar from first through fifth grade said, “I think it is really nice. It is really nice the school and its students are getting the recognition they deserve. It was there a long time.”

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