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Public School Integration Makes Start

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Public School Integration Makes Start

Absorption Of Pupils In Frostburg Complete; Carver Enrollment Cut

History-making integration in the Allegany County public schools went off smoothly this morning, according to a spot check made at noon today.

Two conditions, both anticipated, evolved — no pupils for Lincoln Elementary School in Frostburg, and a cut in enrollment at Carver School of about 50 per cent.

This morning the only person in Lincoln School was the teacher, Miss Kathleen Cooper.

In the registration conducted two weeks ago, 34 negro elementary grade pupils signed up for Beall Elementary and Hill Street School.

Complete In Frostburg- With the enrollment at Beall High School; 18 Negroes —seven in the 11th Grade; three in the 10th, four in the Ninth, and four in the Eighth — integration in Frostburg is 100 per cent.

In Cumberland crowded conditions prevented enrollment of Negro students in the junior high grades, in the Fifth and Sixth Grades at West Side and Columbia Street schools, and in all of Gephart School.

At Fort Hill High School, the pre-school registration of Negro students in the upper three grades remained the same, according to enrollment figures compiled this morning.

Still Registering - At both high schools, enrollment figures could not be obtained at noon today as students continued to register.

At Carver today there were 63 children reporting for the elementary grades and 50 for the upper six grades for a total of 113.

This is compared to an enrollment of 220 — 120 in the elementary grades and 100 in the junior-senior high school last year.

Complete registration figures for all schools will not be available at the Board of Education office for a week or so.


Cumberland Evening Times

The illustration shows the Columbia and Hill Schools.

The Columbia Street School was constructed in 1912. The school closed in 1985, was purchased in 1987, renovated and reopened as the Columbia School Apartments.

The Hill Street School was constructed in 1899 and served eastern Frostburg. It originally consisted of six rooms with about 300 students and a faculty of five with a teaching principal. A 1914 expansion added two additional toilets, an auditorium, recreation hall, and extra classrooms. Prior to 1915 the school served grades one through eight, and after that year grades one through six. The school closed in 1976 and is now home to the Frostburg Museum.

Postcards from the collection of Albert and Angela Feldstein


Collection Location:
Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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