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A Learning Experience: 1957

A Learning Experience: 1957

September 10, 1957. "Integrated classroom at Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C." 35mm acetate negative by Warren K. Leffler for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

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My Dad, Calvin Frye, graduated from Anacostia High School in 1955. He grew up in DC.

The sad old days

I went to segregated elementary schools in the South as an Army brat, and then would go to integrated schools when we were stationed overseas. As a kid who paid no attention to politics, I just figured there were no black kids were in my schools in Georgia or North Carolina because no black families lived in my neighborhood, whereas, overseas, we had black families living in the same stairwell, so of course those kids went to the same school with me and were our friends.

They look older than their years

They're teenagers, but appear to me to have an average age of about 35. A couple could pass for grandmothers. I suppose it's due to their hairstyles, eyeglasses, and dresses.


They’re all either speaking or singing in unison.

Based on available evidence and probabilities

It's a girls' health class and they're singing a girls' health song.


The high school I attended was integrated in 1955, the year I was a freshman, and we never had any problems of any sort. I guess we didn't know we should have.


Where are they boys?

[In Remedial Spelling. - Dave]

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