The Oklahoma History Center is receiving a rare collection from the Shawnee Dunbar High School Alumni Association. Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame will be formally present the collection to the history center Tuesday June 28th at 2:15 p.m. The collection is primarily achievable documents including scrap books, school newspapers, alumni programs and photographs.   Artifacts include a student band uniform, band director uniform with cap and sport letterman sweater.

As a result of the Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, Shawnee began implementing its integration program at the high school level in 1956. High school students at Dunbar were given the option of transferring as a group to Shawnee High School. Some transferred immediately, while others chose to remain at Dunbar until their transfer was mandatory and the high school segment was abolished. The class of 1957 was the last to graduate from Dunbar. 

Over the years the Dunbar Alumni Association collected and protected many items from their treasured school. The collection is primarily achievable documents including scrap books, school newspapers, alumni programs and photographs.   Artifacts include a student band uniform, band director uniform with cap and sport letterman sweater.

“With this generous donation of artifacts and documents, we will be able to tell in more complete form, the African American experience in Oklahoma,” said Bruce Fisher, curator of Oklahoma African American history. “This is one of the largest collections of material from segregation era schools in Oklahoma. It will really help tell our story.” 

Judge Kenneth Watson, an alumnus of Dunbar, has spearheaded this donation.

Judge Watson, Dr. Donnie Nero, President of the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame, members of the Dunbar Alumni Association and the Oklahoma African Educators Hall of Fame, Shirley Nero, OHS Board Member and Bill Welge, Research Director, will be on hand to witness the donation.

For more information, contact Bruce Fisher, curator of Oklahoma African American history at brucefisher@okhistory.org, or (405) 522-5049.

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Michael Dean

Public Relations Director

Oklahoma Historical Society

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK  73105-7917

(405) 522-5241

mdean@okhistory.org

www.okhistory.org

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