African American High Schools in Louisiana Before 1970

The Invisible African American High Schools

African American High School Heritage


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Prior to 1970,  the Louisiana secondary education system was dichotomized, African American and Caucasian, as dictated by the United States Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896. After sixty years another United States Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954, eliminated this dual system of education.

In 1970, sixteen years after the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the high schools in Louisiana were integrated. Approximately fifteen of the historically African American schools maintained their high school designations into the twenty-first century, the majority were demoted, disbanded, destroyed or left in ruins.

This site memorializes the accomplishments of our schools emboldened by fierce competition to survive and prosper coupled with the realization that we cannot save one of them without saving all of them. Our heritage is a tribute to our schools and their students, the founders, our principals, teachers, parents, boosters and communities.

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