Segregated School Tuition Card for Lillian T. M. Arnold


These tuition cards are for two young ladies living in Georgia when Jim Crow laws and segregation were of an unfortunate way of life, particularly in the South. Tuition of 15 cents was paid monthly, collected, and signed for by the teacher, L. M. Dixon.

These two cards belonged to the Arnold sisters, daughters of Sarah F (1869-1948). and John William Arnold (1970-1962), who were members of a prominent black family of Clayton County, Georgia. John William Arnold had a home farm, but in 1910 was renting a home in Lovejoy, Georgia. According to the 1910 census both John and Sarah could read and write. Clearly education was important to them. The Arnold's campaigned to have a Rosenwald school built in their community in the 1930's- still a segregated school but with newer equipment. J. W. Arnold Elementary School, named after their father was built in 1963, to serve the African American community.. Clayton County schools were finally integrated in 1968 with boundary changes.

Lillian T. {M} Arnold was born Dec 18, 1904 according to the 1930 census. She died December 15th, 1994. She was Georgia born and bred, living in Jonesboro, Clayton County. She and her sister both graduated Clark University, Atlanta, and became teachers at the Jonesboro, Georgia Rosenwald school their parents had helped bring to their community.

Date Made: 1910-1918

Location: Currently not on view

Used: EducationSegregation


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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2014.0244.066Accession Number: 2014.0244Catalog Number: 2014.0244.066

Object Name: tuition card

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8.4 cm x 4.8 cm; 3 5/16 in x 1 7/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1693409

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