Colman School survives and thrives as the Northwest African American Museum


Designed and built by architect James Stephen, the three-story school opened in 1910; the museum marks its 10th anniversary this year.

I HAVE LOST my adolescent expertise in the names and models of Detroit-born postwar cars. Our “Then” photo displays a Jacobean-style brick, terra-cotta tile and concrete beauty rising above five somewhat-gaudy motorcars, the latest of which, I am told, is a 1958 Plymouth. All are parked near the now-vanished intersection of Atlantic Street and 24th Avenue South.

This is — or rather, was — the Charles Colman School. (Last week, we featured a Marion Street scene showing another family namesake, the Colman Building, soon after its completion in 1905.)

This is one of the surviving…

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