Minnijean Brown Trickey's 1959 High School Graduation Dress

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2020

Despite disruption resulting from the suspension from Central High School and the later closure of all of Little Rock’s public schools to avoid integration, Minnijean Brown graduated on schedule in 1959 from New Lincoln School in New York City. New Lincoln School was a private, integrated school from 1948-1988, known for its progressive educational methods. While Minnijean had to move away from home to complete high school after the expulsion, the students remaining at Central High School and other public Little Rock schools had their formal education disrupted during the 1958-59 school year while several politicians fought unsuccessfully to prevent school desegregation by closing public schools.

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