Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
The Battleground
Legal Campaign
Five Communities Change a Nation
  • Clarendon County, SC
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Farmville, Virginia
  • New Castle County, DE
  • Washington, DC
The Decision
Legacy
Ethel Louise Belton as high school student

Ethel Louise Belton as high school student

Ethel Louise Belton traveled two hours every day to Howard High School in Wilmington from her community of Claymont. The local white high school offered courses and extracurricular activities unavailable at Howard. Ethel’s mother said, “We are all Americans, and when the state sets up separate schools for certain people of a separate color, then I and others are made to feel ashamed and embarrassed.” Nine other black plaintiffs from Claymont felt the same way and joined her in a lawsuit.
(Lent by Brigitte Belton Brown)

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