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African American students Reginald Young, 13, and Lolita Portis, 13, in the background are arriving to Blair Junior High School on their first day of the school, which was desegregated by federal court order. They were part of "Norfolk 17" group who were the first African American students to integrate the Norfolk Public Schools. Blair Junior High was one of the six schools closed since September 28, 1958 in attempt to keep the Norfolk Public Schools from being desegregated. (Date: 2/2/1959.)

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IPTC - Title: First Day at Blair Junior High School as an Integrated School - Norfolk, VA
Filename: AA-FN61252 - 8 copy.jpg
Description: African American students Reginald Young, 13, and Lolita Portis, 13, in the background are arriving to Blair Junior High School on their first day of the school, which was desegregated by federal court order. They were part of "Norfolk 17" group who were the first African American students to integrate the Norfolk Public Schools. Blair Junior High was one of the six schools closed since September 28, 1958 in attempt to keep the Norfolk Public Schools from being desegregated. (Date: 2/2/1959.)
Photographer: Breon, Perry
IPTC - Date Created: 2/2/1959 0:00:00
Time Period: 1950s
Original Medium: Film Negative
Original Physical Size: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"
IPTC - Copyright Notice: The Virginian-Pilot
Source: See the Virginian-Pilot issue: February 3, 1959. page Front and 5
Notes: Images may be used for personal & educational purposes. However for commercial purposes or displays, you need to contact the Virginian-Pilot Photograph Department for arrangements (757) 446 - 2390.
Keywords: AA-FN61252 - 8 copy.jpg,African American,African-Americans-History,Blair Junior High School,Blair Middle School,Cataloged Images,Civil Rights,Desegregation,Education,FN 61252,Integration,Library_Photos,Lolita Portis,Massive Resistance,Norfolk 17,Norfolk Public Schools,Norfolk, Virginia,Reginald Young,School Desegregation,Schools,Students