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Southern StalemateFive Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia$
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Christopher Bonastia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226063898

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226063911.001.0001

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“The Doors Was Chained, So I Knew Then”

“The Doors Was Chained, So I Knew Then”

Educational Options During the Closing Years

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Southern Stalemate
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This chapter evaluates how Prince Edwardians responded to the closure of public schools. Most whites enrolled at Prince Edward Academy. As a party to Brown, Prince Edward was one of the first communities to confront the reality of federally mandated desegregation. The school closings evidently redounded to the financial benefit of whites with some land; for black landowners, tax breaks scarcely made up for the hardships imposed by no available schooling in the county. Several outside groups took an immediate interest in the Prince Edward situation. Outside organizations and Reverend L. Francis Griffin agreed to develop some incounty educational maintenance that did not obscure the crisis of no public education. Black Prince Edwardians refused to drop their lawsuit, nor would they accept offers to help form their own private schools.

Keywords:   public schools, Prince Edward Academy, school closings, public education, Black Prince Edwardians, private schools

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