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Published February 11, 2014, 11:13 AM

Historical Display to be Dedicated at Grand Forks Central High School

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A display that ties local history with an American jazz artist will be dedicated at Grand Forks Central High School on February 11.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A display that ties local history with an American jazz artist will be dedicated at Grand Forks Central High School on February 11.

The project links Louis Armstrong's visit to Grand Forks in 1957 to social issues of the day, including the integration of Little Rock Central High School by U.S. District Judge Ronald Davies, a 1922 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School.

Armstrong was in Grand Forks to perform at the high school. In an interview before the concert, Armstrong was asked for his thoughts about civil rights issues, which marked the first time he spoke out on the topic.

University of North Dakota graduate student Kevin Matze, in conjunction with the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission, completed the project.

The dedication of the project and the placement of the display outside of Grand Forks Central's theater will take place at 2:30 p.m. on February 11.

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