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

Galax High School Opens But Refuses to Integrate

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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., 35 sec.
Galax city schools had long admitted hundreds of students from neighboring Grayson County, but when eight black students living in the county applied to attend Galax High School, the Galax city school board, in order to avoid integrating, ruled that their schools would no longer admit any students from Grayson County. After protests and petitions, the school board relented and Grayson County students, including the eight black students, were allowed to attend Galax High School. This clip includes a white parent supporting the ouster of Grayson County students, and a white student commenting on how far black students have to go to attend high school in Wytheville, 90 miles away.
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