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Date(s) - 02/01/2019 - 03/31/2019
12:00 am

Arlington Historical Museum


Museum Exhibit: Forging the Way: Arlington’s Fight Toward School Desegregation

February 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019
The Arlington Historical Society commemorates the 60th anniversary of desegregation in Arlington’s public schools with an exhibit that highlights the long hard fight towards desegregation. (Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road. Open Fridays 12:30-3:30 and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm) (Photo at left is of the 30 other Arlington African-American students trying to enroll in Arlington’s public schools. They are emerging from a courthouse in 1956 where their case was being heard. It would be three more years before any of them were allowed to enroll in a white Arlington School.)

Visit the Arlington Historical Museum and see the exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of desegregation of Arlington’s public schools. This exhibit traces the events and the people who fought for and against desegregation. From even before the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education and all the twists, turns, and roadblocks that were thrown up between then and the admittance of 4 African-American students on February 2, 1959. This exhibit complements the February 14 AHS public Program featuring a panel of Arlingtonians who experienced it themselves..

This exhibit features the timelines, quotes, photos, and artifacts of the events leading up to February 2, 1959. The exhibit runs from February 1 through the end of March. Many of the artifacts and much of the is on loan to the Arlington historical Museum from the family of Dorothy Hamm who helped lead the fight.

This exhibit is free to the public. The Arlington Historical Museum welcomes group tours anytime by appointment, please email info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org