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Orgill, Edmund in Memphis, Tennessee, to Hollingsworth, Gordon in Germantown, Tennessee

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Orgill, Edmund


Letter written March 15, 1956 by Edmund Orgill, mayor of Memphis, Tennessee by a Gordon Hollingsworth of Germantown, Tennessee, a Memphis suburb. In the letter Mayor Orgill thanks Hollingsworth for his previous letter, and explains that he will forward the donation to a local church auxiliary. Orgill emphasizes that he is not in favor of school integration. However, he does support "recognizing ability, and worth in the individual Negroes." Orgill feels that by doing so African Americans will be more likely to not break the laws, to support local governmental policies, and will put off integration of schools and parks in the courts. Although the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregation in public schools, in 1956 few if any Southern schools had begun integrating.The University of Tennessee Libraries (Knoxville, Tennessee) is the digital publisher.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.Edmund Orgill Papers, Ms. 87, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee
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1956 03 15
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