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Oral History Project

  • Brown V. Board of Education

    Brown V. Board of Education
    Brown V. Board ruled that segregation in schools were unconstitutional.
  • Southern Manifesto

    Southern Manifesto
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/sources_document2.html The Southern Manifesto shows that some people didn't agree with segregation.
  • The Stanley Plan

    The Stanley Plan
    The Stanley Plan was introduced in Virginia, it gave the Governor the power to close any schools in Virginia.
  • Jackie Brouse

    Jackie Brouse
    My grandmother completed her Junior year of high school, then left school to marry my grandfather. She would have graduated in 1959. She lived in Lebanon, Pennsylvania during this time, where she still lives today with my grandpa.
  • Governor Almond

    Governor Almond
    Governor Almond Jr. closes numerous schools in Virginia. He played a big role in desegregation by closing a lot of schools to resist segregation.
  • Almond overturned

    Almond overturned
    The Supreme Court overturns Governor Almonds decisions. This prevented him from closing anymore schools.
  • Norfolk 17

    Norfolk 17
    This was the first time in Norfolk that black students were allowed in white schools, this was very significant. http://dc.lib.odu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sdinv
  • Jackie Brouse being a mom

    Jackie Brouse being a mom
    My grandma had her first child (my uncle) on this day. Since she wasn't in school she was busy being a mom. She ends up having three more children (one being my mom). She did eventually go back to work.
  • Jackie Brouse goes back to work

    Jackie Brouse goes back to work
    My grandma was a retail manager at Boscov's Department store. She just retired from their in Febuary 2015. She never was directly impacted by the civil rights movement. She did not agree with segregation, the most she learned about it was from the news on television.
  • Prince Edward County

    Prince Edward County
    Prince Edward County, Virginia was forced to reopen their schools by the Supreme Court. http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/virginia-history-explorer/civil-rights-movement-virginia/closing-prince
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    The Civil Rights Act became a law in the United States, this is a very important part of history.
  • New Kent County

    New Kent County
    New Kent County, Virginia is forced to have just schools, no more "black" or "white" schools. This was a big step towards eliminating massive resistance in Virginia. http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/virginia-history-explorer/civil-rights-movement-virginia/green-decision