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Posted on: January 31, 2022

New historical panel recognizing the 1950 Walker-Grant High School Graduates

Walker Grant Graduates 2-10-22

The City of Fredericksburg unveiled a historical panel on Thursday, February 10, 2022 commemorating the Walker–Grant High School demonstration that occurred in June 1950. You are invited to watch the full video of the event below. 

In June 1950, the largest Walker-Grant High School graduating class, needing a location for their commencement ceremonies, were denied access through the front doors of the Fredericksburg Community Center due to the color of their skin. With help from Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), the graduates held their ceremony at the church, but not before protesting in front of the Fredericksburg Community Center with signs that read "This Entrance Closed to US."

This is the fifth installation of a history panel/historical marker in the past 14 months related to City Council’s Priority to “continue telling a more complete history of our diverse community, including the history and contributions of African Americans.” The earlier installations feature: The Green Book, Freedom Riders Challenge a Nation, French John’s Wharf, and a State Historical Marker on the First Stop on 1961 Freedom Rides. The City’s commitment to develop and share stories that showcase the diversity of our region is critical to ensuring that Fredericksburg is a city where WE means everyone. 

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