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The Untold Story of Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost: On the Frontline of School Desegregation in New Orleans
As part of the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund , we are commemorating the 68th anniversary of Brown v. Board on May 17th.

On November 14, 1960, four six-year-old Black girls desegregated the all-white elementary schools in New Orleans—Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost at McDonogh 19 in the Lower Ninth Ward and Ruby Bridges at William Frantz in the Upper Ninth Ward.

In this webinar, three of the “New Orleans Four,” including Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost, join us to share how the former McDonogh 19 School, which closed in 2004 and was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, is coming back to life as the TEP (Tate, Etienne, and Prevost) Center.

Thanks to the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. and Alembic Community Development, the building’s innovative reuse plan will feature an interpretive exhibit telling the story of school desegregation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to anti-racism training, and affordable senior housing.

Leslie Canaan, Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Jay Hall, Washburn University School of Law Representative

Leona Tate
Gail Etienne
Tessie Prevost
Michael Grote

This webinar is part of Preservation Month 2022, which is exploring the theme "People Saving Places."

May 17, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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