Home of Lockport civil rights pioneer to be auctioned – The Buffalo News

A house built and lived in 140 years ago by Lockport civil rights pioneer Aaron Mossell will be up for bids in Thursday’s City of Lockport tax foreclosure auction.

The two-story brick house at 62 Trowbridge St., built around 1878, was the home of Mossell, an African-American businessman whose nearby brick-making plant supplied building materials for several Lockport buildings.

One of the buildings was a school on High Street. Black children were not allowed to attend that school. Mossell led a protest and a school boycott among black families prompting the Lockport Board of Education, after flip-flopping on the issue, to close the city’s separate school for black children in 1876. Thus, it desegregated Lockport public schools 78 years before the U.S. Supreme Court ordered national…

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