WASHINGTON — President Biden signed the Blackwell School National Historic Site Act yesterday, designating the Blackwell School site in Marfa, Texas, as part of the National Park System. This designation will permanently protect the site for future generations and help tell the history of Texas school districts that established separate elementary schools for Mexican American children through the practice of de facto segregation.
“As a nation, we must face the wrongs of our past in order to build a more just and equitable future. The ugliness of the segregation era had many impacts that we have failed as a nation to adequately acknowledge,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “This new designation will help us tell a truer American story, and ensure this important and painful chapter in our nation’s history is preserved and remembered for the generations to come.”