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School Recognized On Integration Anniversary

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fifty-six years ago on September 9, public schools in Nashville integrated, marking a day in history.

The city dedicated a new historical marker to the Fehr School on Monday. It was one of the first schools to allow black and white students to attend.

Members of the Salemtown neighborhood, including former students of Fehr School, held the dedication on the same walkway four African-American first graders walked up more than a half century ago.

On September 9, 1957, protestors surrounded the building, there were bomb threats and a nearby school was fire bombed.

Eugenia Lockridge has lived near the school since she was a little girl. She was past first grade when Fehr School integrated, the only grade admitted to the school at first. She saw the neighborhood transform before, during and after segregation.

"We were not segregated until somebody told us we were," she said. "Before that we lived side by side. There wasn't a block of black people and a block of whites. We lived side by side. We ate off of each other's tables."

The Fehr School is eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.


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