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Group Wants Memorial For First Students To Integrate Carroll Schools

The Co-founder/ President of the Carver High Museum & Archives of West Georgia is asking the Carroll County School Board to consider erecting memorials to recognize the students who were the first to step up and integrate the individual Carroll County Schools in 1965.
 
“The reason this is important is because the burden of integration fell on the black students and the black parents,” Carolyn Gray said on Monday’s WLBB Community Voice. “They were given school choice—either to continue going to Carver High or go to the school in their hometown—because remember we were being bussed from all over the county to Carrollton.”
 
Carver High School was constructed in 1954 near the old Carroll County Training School, which became an elementary school. Both served African American children until desegregation in 1969.
 
“So, those students who dared be the first to agree to integrate a school… took a lot of courage,” Gray said. “They didn’t know what to expect. There had been violence in other places.”
 
The Carver High Museum & Archives group is behind The Carver High Experience exhibit to be on display at all Carroll County high schools during the current school year. The exhibit is currently showcased at Temple High School.
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