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Atlanta Public Schools Integrate Peacefully

Aug. 30, 1961 - Public school desegregation came peacefully today to Atlanta despite efforts by a handful of racists to disrupt the changeover. The violence and jeering mobs that marked compliance with the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in other Southern cities were absent in Atlanta as nine Negroes entered four white high schools. Four suburban youths and an avowed member of the American Nazi party were arrested when they appeared at two of the schools. The police said they had failed to leave areas that had been ruled off limits under security measures ordered by Chief Herbert T. Jenkins (pictured).


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