The New Rochelle School District will mark the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Case in 2011, which it succinctly described in a press release as “the first desegregation case brought in a northern city since the historic Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954.” The case centered on the mostly-black Lincoln School in the city; the key ruling in favor of the plaintiffs came on January 24, 1961.
To prepare for what it is calling launch “Reflections of Change: A 50-Year Retrospective of the Lincoln School Decision,” the district is inviting residents to what it is calling “a community outreach planning meeting” on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 515 North Avenue. The district said at the open forum representatives will present proposed plans for commemorative events and solicit ideas and suggestions. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. in advance of the formal meeting.
“Did you attend the Lincoln School, or have relatives who did? Do you know people involved in the Lincoln School legal case? What was your experience in New Rochelle in 1961? Those are some of the questions being posed to members of the community who may partner with the City School District to plan commemorative events based on the historic events of 50 years ago,” said project co-manager and community member Linda Tarrant-Reid in a statement.
In addition, individuals with memorabilia, photos, and articles related to Lincoln School will be asked to contact the School District to have historic items scanned or photographed for possible inclusion in proposed exhibits or historic collections. Those interested in attending the planning session on September 27 or sharing historic items should contact Camille Edwards-Thomas, School Community Facilitator, at (914) 576-4233 or by email to:firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 24.