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 asked in New Rochelle, as the city prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Case next year.
The case was the first brought in a northern city after the historic Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954. It centered on New Rochelle’s mostly black Lincoln School. The key ruling in favor of the plaintiffs came on January 24, 1961.
To prepare for what it is calling “Reflections of Change: A 50-Year Retrospective of the Lincoln School Decision,” the district is inviting residents to a planning meeting Monday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 515 North Ave. Representatives will present proposed plans for commemorative events and solicit ideas and suggestions. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. before of the formal meeting.
Anyone with memorabilia, photos or articles related to Lincoln School is asked to contact the school district to have the items scanned or photographed for possible inclusion in exhibits or historic collections.
Those interested in attending the planning session or sharing historic items should contact Camille Edwards-Thomas, school community facilitator, at (914) 576-4233 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Sept. 24.