Brownsville museum recognized for legacy as historic African American school

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — A local museum is recognized as one of West Tennessee’s most historic African American schools.

The Dunbar Carver Museum in Brownsville and several other historic schools have been included in a West Tennessee tour sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University. Dunbar Carver High School was originally opened in 1922 as an African American school during the segregation period. It closed in 1970 and was re-opened as a museum in 2007.

“One time, this was this was the only school in Haywood County for African Americans,” said Carrie Parker with the Dunbar Carver Museum.

Dunbar Carver High School served not only Haywood County students but also those from neighboring counties.

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