In Southern Dallas, Sparing an All-black School Whose Students Had to Pick Cotton Before They Could Learn

On September 8, 1954, a story ran in this newspaper beneath the headline "Negro Pupils Denied Admission to School." That was four months after the United States Supreme Court had ruled that separate was not equal.Parents had brought some 90 children to the all-white Linfield Elementary, then part of the Wilmer-Hutchins school district. A photo ran with the story in which a boy and girl, both 7 years old, stared with wide eyes into the school they hoped to attend. But it was not to be: The principal explained to their parents that the Texas Education Agency had ruled schools were to remain segregated. And so the kids were sent back to their home school -- the all-black Melissa Pierce in Joppa, the community just south of downtown Dallas founded in 1872 by Henry Critz Hines and other freed slaves from the nearby Miller plantation. Their education would have to be put on hold.  Continue reading...

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