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Former Phoenix Councilman Holds Birthday Party At Carver Museum To Raise Money For Restoration

One Valley symbol of African American history will be getting a makeover with the help of a local icon.

In 1926, Phoenix Union Colored High School was established as the local school for African Americans. It was later renamed George Washington Carver High School, and then it was closed in the 1950s when Phoenix schools were desegregated.

It later became the Carver Museum and Cultural Center. A museum honoring African American heritage and culture.

Calvin C. Goode is an alum of Carver High School

And this last weekend, the former educator and longtime Phoenix councilman held a large 90th birthday event to launch a $5 million capital campaign to restore the Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

Money will go toward the library, museum, art gallery, and toward supporting educational enrichment programs.

Naomi Gingold is the weekend morning host at KJZZ. When’s she’s not in the studio, she’s out reporting stories in the Valley.