Ralph Bunche High School was built as a direct result of the Federal District Court case Margaret Smith et al. v. School Board of King George County, Virginia, which was filed in 1947. The judge ruled that jurisdictions should ensure the “equalization” of segregated school facilities for whites and African Americans. White segregationists hoped to avoid integration by constructing “separate but equal” facilities, but the NAACP quickly moved on to demanding the end of segregation altogether. Named after the noted political scientist and diplomat, Ralph Bunche High School opened in 1949 and closed in 1968 after the county desegregated its schools.
Date Installed-Dedicated: May 18, 2013
Year On Marker: 2012
Original Sponsor: Gail Hodge, Ralph Bunche Alumni Association
Geographic Location: King George County
Physical Description of Location: 10139 James Madison Parkway (US 301), Shiloh, VA 22485. Marker is on right when traveling north on US 301, at the entrance to Ralph Bunche High School building.
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