Champion Avenue School, Class of 1947.
Class photograph of then-segregated Champion Avenue Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio. Champion opened in 1909 as an all-Black elementary school. Despite protests from the Black community—who opposed the ongoing segregation—junior high grades were added in 1922. By the time this photograph was taken, seven years before the U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, Champion Avenue Junior High was firmly entrenched in an unconstitutionally segregated school district.
Description: Champion Avenue School, Class of 1947.
[Columbus, Ohio, 1947]. 8 x 16 inches. Oblong. Some student autographs on verso and stray rubber stamping; one student’s face circled in ink. Wear at vertical creases; small loss at top; good.
Ref. Jacobs, Getting Around Brown, Desegregation, Development, and the Columbus Public Schools (Columbus, 1998).