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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1959 February

Lane High School in Charlottesville Reopens

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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Online; Video; Streaming Video; Anchor Script
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1 min., 10 sec.
In September 1958, Gov. J. Lindsay Almond Jr. ordered Lane High School to close after a US District Judge decided that 10 black students suing for admittance should be allowed to attend high school there. Four months later in January 1959, when the Virginia Supreme Court struck down many of the Virginia General Assembly's anti-integration Massive Resistance laws, the high school reopened. Black students began attending classes at Lane beginning the next school year in September 1959. In the clip, two students say they will attend private schools in the next school year rather than attend an integrated high school.Â
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