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To increase awareness and understanding of the historic and cultural impact of people of African descent. The Pavilion will serve as a gathering place for diverse voices and cultures to dialogue about the past and create vision and direction for a more unified future.

The Dunbar Pavilion is recognized as a beacon for social and cultural enlightenment, educating, preserving and celebrating the rich history and culture of people of African descent while stimulating community collaboration that captures and continues our legacy.

Approved 8/19/2014

Cressworth Lander

Arizona Daily Star

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Posted by Dunbar African American Culture Center on Friday, July 3, 2015

Message from The Dunbar Coalition

Welcome to The Dunbar Project! Here is a brief summary on the progress of the renovation and restoration of our beloved Dunbar School.

We signed an $870,000 contract in January 2007 to rehabilitate and restore the two-story middle portion of the building. Work was completed in October and includes.

  1. First Floor
    1. Dance Academy
    2. Barber Academy
    3. Food Service and Catering Academy
    4. New Board Room and Green Room
  2. Second Floor
    1. Stubbed out electrical, plumbing and mechanical for future completion
    2. Glazed windows and secured all entry and exit points, including the roof
    3. Re-roofed the entire building
    4. Tied roof to exterior walls to meet code requirements
    5. Fire alarm and sprinkler system (for entire building)

In addition to the above, we're working with the Pima County Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Office to plan and design the third phase of the project, the African American Museum. We hope to sign a construction contract for the museum in the latter part of 2008. We have the 2004 Pima County Bond Election funds, $1.2 million, to start the project. We're also working with staff from the city of Tucson and Pima County to include $1 million for the Dunbar Project in the county's 2008 Bond Election.

The Coalition is partnering with the Arizona Historical Society on its Rio Nuevo Project. If all goes according to plan we will receive a $1 million pass-through of Rio Nuevo funds, which we will use for Buffalo Soldier exhibits at the museum.

We had our most successful golf tournament during the 2007 Memorial Day Weekend, raising more than $10,000. And, Dunbar has been selected by Tucson Electric Power Co. to be a solar building. TEP has installed four solar grids on Dunbar's roof that will reduce our utility bill by approximately $100 each month.

Remember to make Dunbar your favorite charity for charity truly begins at home.

Cressworth C. Lander, President
 The Dunbar Coalition

Tucson Region

Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.17.2009

Contract to renovate Dunbar is awarded

The Pima County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract early this month to begin the renovation of the historic Dunbar School.

The $821,600 project relies on county historic preservation bond funds.

The project is a piece of a larger effort to convert the once-segregated school, built in 1918 at 325 W. Second St., into a black cultural and educational center.

The school was named after renowned black poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

After segregation was eliminated, the school was renamed John Spring Junior High School. It was closed in 1978.


Neto's Tucson by Ernesto Portillo Jr. : Dunbar restoration project shines a spotlight on school's legacy

Neto's Tucson by Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.01.2008


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