The first combined primary and secondary school in the U.S. for blacks has reopened in Boston as part of the Museum of Afro-American History, the Associated Press reports.
Federal grants and private donations have supported a $1.6 million renovation of Abiel Smith School in Boston.
The school operated from 1835 to 1855, when the legislature outlawed school segregation.
The building will include exhibits on post-Civil War black leaders, genealogy and the abolition movement.
Marita Rivero, chairwoman of the museum’s board of directors, hopes the museum helps visitors recognize the similarity between historical and present struggles for educational equality.
“The issues we wrestle with now are the same ones we wrestled with in the 1800’s,” she told AP.