The photographs were originally part of a mid-1940s scrapbook labeled “The Picture Story of Trinity School ,” which is located in the American Missionary Association Archives Addenda. Trinity was founded in Athens, Alabama, after the Civil War by the Western Freedman’s Aid Commission, but later gained sponsorship by the American Missionary Association (AMA). Begun as a co-educational primary and normal school, Trinity dropped its first six grades when Athens opened a public elementary school for African Americans. Later the AMA transferred the normal school to the state of Alabama. The photographs shown here were likely taken in the Athens area.
In honor of the accomplishments of these youth back in the 1940s, we highlight these photographs and are reminded that the struggle for equal opportunities occurred on many levels, from national politics to the local county fair.
Posted by Christopher Harter
(Images from the American Missionary Association Archives Addenda. May not be reproduced without permission.)