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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lincoln School, District 2

Picture of property 410 N 9th Street
Elwood (Doniphan County)
Listed in National Register 2014-06-27

Architect: Wagenknecht, Harry
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Elwood's Lincoln School was the last building in Doniphan County to be used for racially segregated education. The school replaced McKinley School, which burned in 1934, and served African American students in the Elwood area from 1935 to 1955, when it closed as a result of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1954 that outlawed racially segregated educational facilities. The building is one of the community's few older buildings, as this area is prone to major floods associated with the nearby Missouri River. In the years after its closure, it served as a community building and library. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of education and African American heritage.

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