Arundel History

February 11, 2007

In February 1892, a Sun headline read: "Better Provisions for Colored Schools Requested."

The article addressed conditions that later formed the heart of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954, in which the Supreme Court struck down legal segregation.

The newspaper reported that a large meeting was held, attended by "colored citizens of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, at which resolutions were adopted stating as humble taxpayers and law-abiding citizens, that the petitioners feel aggrieved at the indigent condition of the colored public schools of Annapolis, of Anne Arundel county and throughout the state."

The resolutions said: "Some schoolhouses are unfit for use, and the sanitary condition of the others is detrimental to health. It is a common practice to close the colored schools before the end of the year. We see a great need for the establishment of a high school or college for the colored youth, who have not the privilege to study at St. John's College and other high educational institutions in the State for the white youths."

Richard E. King, an Annapolis lawyer, presided over the meeting.

[Sources: Baltimore Sun archives, Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher]

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