School Dilemma--Youths taunt Dorothy Geraldine Counts in Charlotte, North Carolina Digital History ID 4181|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-117236
Annotation: In 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Geraldine Counts and three other students became the first African American students to attend the previously all white Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. They were greeted by angry white mobs who screamed obscenities and racial slurs at the African American students. Counts's picture appeared in many newspapers as did others of black students attempting to attend white schools for the first time. Counts's family feared for her safety and withdrew her from Harding and sent her out of state to complete high school.
Gelatin silver print.
Visual Materials from the NAACP Records,
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division (125B)
Courtesy of the NAACP
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