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Volunteers working to preserve memory of Dunbar School

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:49 am

A foursome of Centralians are stepping up, where others demurred, to preserve a piece of Centralia’s history.

Matt Lincoln, Lorry Myers, Erle Bennett and Russ Green are working to raise funds to preserve the memory of Centralia’s Dunbar School.

Two local alumni of the Dunbar School, Sonny Tucker, left and Jamie Enyart, standing in front of the school.

The Dunbar School, located at the corner of West Wilson and Fullenwider’s streets on Centralia’s west side is a relic of Centralia’s participation in the segregation movement, the days when children of color were not permitted to attend the same schools as Caucasian children.

“It was just how people lived then,” Myers said from her vice-president’s desk at Central Bank, Centralia. “I’ve spoken to some of the people who attended Dunbar. They said at the time they did not feel discriminated against, it was just the way things were back then.”

Green now owns the lot on which the historic school sits. Myers, Lincoln, and Bennett lead a group of volunteers who propose erecting a memorial preserving the school’s history at Centralia’s Jaycee Park on North Jefferson Street; “To honor the children and their teachers who walked through the doors of Dunbar School,” Myers said.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.