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Oral History Recounts School Desegregation


When Leona Tate approached McDonogh 19 on November 14, 1960, an angry crowd confronted her and the two other girls who would be the first African-American students to attend the New Orleans school.

In an oral history conducted by THNOC, Tate described how she felt as a small child thrust into a momentous historical event:

“ … The crowd was out there. It looked like Mardi Gras morning. Why was I going to school on a holiday? That’s really what I thought. I didn’t even pick up on everyone in the mob being white. It didn’t ring a bell at all.”

Eli A. Haddow, The Historic New Orleans Collection

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