Public schools and public libraries: two stories of integration in Louisiana
In 1960, three 6-year-old girls integrated McDonogh 19 Elementary School in New Orleans, escorted by US Marshalls.
Earlier this month, one of those girls, Leona Tate, along with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser unveiled a historical marker to commemorate this moment in civil rights history. Activist and advocate Tate joined Louisiana Considered to tell us more about her journey, and how her foundation is keeping this story alive.
This year, the New Orleans Public Library celebrated 125 years of serving the community, but not all community members were always welcome in these spaces. Louisiana Considered’s Managing Producer Alana Schreiber spoke with Director of City Archives and Special Collections at New Orleans Public Library, Christina Bryant, and author, educator and librarian Dr. Elaine Adams, to learn more about the city’s library history and the integration of these public buildings.
Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh.
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