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Sumner High School approves proposal to create museum school for students

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 2:19 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The Sumner Advisory Board approved a proposal to create a new elective within the high school.

The idea of the museum school came from a partnership with the Griot Museum of Black History, 4theVille, UMSL’s Museums, Heritage, and Public History program, the Missouri History Museum, and the cultural organizations. Students will research local history, create public exhibits and neighborhood-based tours, and learn other aspects of careers in the museum and cultural heritage industry.

The St. Louis Public Schools proposed the closure of several schools in the area. Sumner was one of those schools that were in the conversation. The high school was founded for African Americans west of the Mississippi River. After the SLPS announcement, a number of organizations proposed the Sumner Recovery Plan in order to increase enrollment and restore the school.