50th Anniversary of Public School Desegregation in New Orleans – This Weekend

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of public school desegregation in New Orleans and the end to Amistad’s year-long work to document and commemorate this historic event. Over the past months, the Center has entered into our online finding aid database the inventories for eleven collections of personal papers and organizational records related to school integration in New Orleans. Many items from these collections are currently on display in the Through a Crowd, Bravely exhibition.

This weekend, the Amistad Research Center, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisiana Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice and the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas, are presenting a series of panels by participants in the school integrations, as well as scholars of the topic. These public presentations are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, November 11th, at 6:00 pm, at the Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette Street, Dr. Raphael Cassimere of the University of New Orleans will moderate a panel discussion on the conditions and activism in the city that led to the events of November 1960. The panel will feature Dr. Nikki Brown (UNO), Dr. Donald Devore (Univ. of South Alabama), and A.P. Tureaud, Jr.

On Saturday, November 13th, at 6:00 pm, Amistad Research Center will host a reunion discussion with Leona Tate, Tessie Prevost Williams, Gail Etienne Stripling and retired Deputy U.S. Marshals Herschel Garner, Al Butler, and Charlie Burks, who assisted with the integration efforts at McDonogh No. 19 and William Frantz. The discussion will take place in Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Arts Center on the campus of Tulane University. This panel is being co-hosted by the Louisiana Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice and the U.S. Marshals Museum.

Posted by Christopher Harter

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