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Thanks to our generous donors, The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation and Beecher Memorial United Church of Christ were able to place a historic marker to place a historic marker on the site of the Valena C. Jones Elementary School on School Desegregation Day,  November 14, 2015. We are gearing up for our new plaque application to the state office of tourism for the possibility of placing a marker at the site of the Pythian Temple in uptown New Orleans.

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Previous Markers

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February 12, 2009 – On the 100th Anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, a plaque honoring Homer Plessy and the Citizen’s Committee was unveiled at the corner of Press and Royal streets, thanks to the efforts and contributions of the Crescent City Peace Alliance, The NOCCA Institue, The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation and the citizen’s of New Orleans. Text was written by Keith Weldon Medley.

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November 14, 2010, on the 50th Anniversary of the integration of public elementary schools in New Orleans and the Deep South, a plaque was unveiled across the street from McDonogh #19, elementary school, the first school of two schools to be integrated on that day.  This plaque was the partnership of the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation, The Leona Tate Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum. Text was written by Keith Weldon Medley.

Valena C. Jones Elementary School Gets New Marker on November 14, 2015

November 14, 2015, With the installation of this plaque, future generations will know the important history or the founders and educators of this most love school. This school was built by and for the community starting as far back as 1905. It was a time when there were no schools for young African American children in the 7th ward of New Orleans. Therefore, we chose to dedicate it on November 14, recognized as Desegregation Day. That was the day that the first public elementary schools were integrated in New Orleans. Text was written by Keith Weldon Medley.