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Join us tonight on The Gist of Freedom as we discuss the uncermonious closures of historical black schools.
with host Shellie Gaines and guests Nathaniel Hampton class of 45' and Dr. Arthur Symes 48'
Academy Award-nåominated actress Ruby Dee narrates the film, which tells the history of Bordentown Old Irondises, the only state-supported, elite co-ed, all-black boarding school north of the Mason-Dixon Line, which operated from 1886 to 1955. Over its 70- year history, the school was a "unique educational utopia" and an incubator for black intellect that taught values and life skills for black children, according to the film.
The school, The Tuskegee of The North, bloodlines go back to Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. 
The school was forced to close due to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. It has since been converted to a juvenile detention center. We'll discuss this conspiracy to transforms our Historical Black educational Institutes into a state of obscurity 
Bordentown School, also known as Old Ironsides, a prestigious historical Black school founded by a former enslaved minister, Reverend Walter Rice was forced to close as a result of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The State of New Jersey converted it into a Juvenile Detention Center which is it's status today. A small percentage of the 400 acre campus is being used to house the detainees while the majority of the campus is left to rot.