September 2, 1963: Gov. George Wallace postpones the opening of Tuskegee High School to prevent its integration. State troopers enforced the order, preventing the school from becoming Alabama's first racially integrated public grade school. Wallace took similar action in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile, but four Huntsville schools were integrated on September 9th.

September 2, 1963: Gov. George Wallace postpones the opening of Tuskegee High School to prevent its integration. State troopers enforced the order, preventing the school from becoming Alabama's first racially integrated public grade school. Wallace took similar action in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile, but four Huntsville schools were integrated on September 9th.

The Honorable Frank M. Johnson.  United States District Judge.  First judge to order names of qualified African Americans added to county voting rolls, he also wrote the first Alabama school desegregation decree. He outlawed discrimination in Alabama's libraries, transportation centers, and agricultural extension service.  A mentor and friend.

The Honorable Frank M. Johnson. United States District Judge. First judge to order names of qualified African Americans added to county voting rolls, he also wrote the first Alabama school desegregation decree. He outlawed discrimination in Alabama's libraries, transportation centers, and agricultural extension service. A mentor and friend.

June 11, 1963: Robert Muckel, a 29-year-old white high school teacher from Nebraska, unintentionally becomes the first student to successfully integrate a public educational institution in Alabama. Shortly before Gov. George Wallace made his "stand in the schoolhouse door" at the University of Alabama, Muckel sat down for his first class at Alabama A College, an all-black institution. Attending a summer science institute, Muckel did not realize when he applied that A was a segregated school.

June 11, 1963: Robert Muckel, a 29-year-old white high school teacher from Nebraska, unintentionally becomes the first student to successfully integrate a public educational institution in Alabama. Shortly before Gov. George Wallace made his "stand in the schoolhouse door" at the University of Alabama, Muckel sat down for his first class at Alabama A College, an all-black institution. Attending a summer science institute, Muckel did not realize when he applied that A was a segregated school.

Robert Tecumseh Burt (1873-1955) was the son of ex- slaves who walked 8 miles to high school. While at college, he was stricken with typhoid fever and forced to returned home. After recovering, he graduated from Meharry Medical College. He converted a house into an AMA-recognized infirmary, the only hospital in Clarksville, TN for 10 years. He studied at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic. He was a Republican, on the Board of Trustees of Meharry, and state chairman of the State Interracial…

Robert Tecumseh Burt (1873-1955) was the son of ex- slaves who walked 8 miles to high school. While at college, he was stricken with typhoid fever and forced to returned home. After recovering, he graduated from Meharry Medical College. He converted a house into an AMA-recognized infirmary, the only hospital in Clarksville, TN for 10 years. He studied at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic. He was a Republican, on the Board of Trustees of Meharry, and state chairman of the State Interracial…

On July American professional tennis integrates for the first time. Interracial matches were held for the first time on the courts of Cosmopolitan Tennis Club in New York City.

"A fair sample of one of the small colored public schools of Lowndes County, with only one teacher." :: Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection

"A fair sample of one of the small colored public schools of Lowndes County, with only one teacher." :: Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection

December 21, 1956: The Supreme Court ruling banning segregated seating on Montgomery’s public transit vehicles goes into effect. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were among the first people to board a fully integrated bus, ending the historic year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott.

December 21, 1956: The Supreme Court ruling banning segregated seating on Montgomery’s public transit vehicles goes into effect. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were among the first people to board a fully integrated bus, ending the historic year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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Jan 28, 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion.  I was watching this live in my first grade class.

Jan 28, 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion. I was watching this live in my first grade class.

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