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Negro Students Met with Racist Sign in Albany, Ga.

Sept. 4, 1962 - A group of Negroes attempting to integrate the schools in Albany, Ga., met police barricades and a crudely printed sign that read, “No N*****s, Please.” Parents accompanying the students were given an audience with the principals of the schools they attempted to enter. They were then told they could not register their children because pupil assignments had already been made for the new term. The Negro parents said they would take their case to the county school board, adding that if the school board neglected to act, they would file suit in Federal Court. A total of 19 students participated in the desegregation attempts at one senior and two junior high schools. The largest group, 14, appeared at Albany Senior High School, where the “No N*****s, Please” sign had been written across the front door in white paint. The leader of this group was W. G. Anderson (right), president of the Albany Movement. His 14-year-old daughter was among the students that sought admission. Mr. Anderson said that as he and the other Negro parents left the school, Police Chief Laurie Pritchett “told officers in a loud voice to arrest any of us if we should even stop on the school grounds.”

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