A standing room only crowd attended the presentation of a new historical marker at Sewanee Elementary School on 19 January 2014 in Sewanee, TN.
The historical marker commemorates 50 years since the desegregation of the Franklin County School System.
The marker reads as follows:
"Nine years after Brown v. Board of Education, 8 Sewanee families initiated a lawsuit to compel Franklin County to desegregate the public school system. The plaintiffs included the Bates, Cameron, Camp, Goodstein, Hill, Sisk, Staten, and Turner families. They were represented by Nashville attorney Z. Alexander Looby, and Jack Greenburg, Constance Baker Motley, and James M. Nabirt of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The case was successful and in 1964, the court issued an order to integrate the schools. The lawsuit was notable in that it involved both white and African-American plaintiffs.
The Sewanee community raised funds to add four classrooms to the Sewanee Public School, located at this site [on University Avenue in Sewanee, TN], thus eliminating the argument that there was insufficient space to educate all the community's children together. Additionally, during the summer of 1964, Sewanee residents also offered tutoring across the street at Otey Parish. This civic effort helped eliminate a second argument that African-American children would not be adequately prepared to join their white classmates."