Segregated School Tuition Card for Lillian T. M. Arnold

Segregated School Tuition Card for Lillian T. M. Arnold

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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.
These two cards belonged to the Arnold sisters, daughters of Sarah F. and John William Arnold, 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 worked to have a Rosenwald school built in their community in the 1930's, a segregated school 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 Atlanta University, and became teachers in a Rosenwald school their parents had helped bring to their community.
Object Name
tuition card
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8.4 cm x 4.8 cm; 3 5/16 in x 1 7/8 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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