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New Kent School and George W. Watkins School

New Kent; Quinton, Virginia
County of New Kent.
New Kent: 11825 New Kent Hwy; Watkins: 6501 New Kent Hwy.
National Register Number: 1001046
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Education - school. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: VA-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: School.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
These two New Kent County schools are associated with the most important desegregation Supreme Court decision since Brown v. Board in 1954. In Green V. New Kent County (1968) the court made school districts responsible for ensuring that segregated educational systems were eliminated. Less well known than the Brown decision, Green is vital to the story because it established the factors by which school districts could demonstrate that segregation had been dismantled. It was here that the Supreme Court changed the focus from desegregation to integration.These schools represent the token desegregation of southern schools that developed in the decade after the Brown decision.

The George W. Watkins School is scheduled for renovation next year and will remain an elementary school.

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