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Iowa public schools integrated in 1868

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Iowa integrated public schools following an event that happened September 12, 1867.  It was on that day that 12-year-old Susan Clark was denied admission to Muscatine's Second Ward Common School Number 2 because she was black.

Her father, Alexander Clark, sued to allow his daughter to attend.  The following year, the Iowa Supreme Court held that "separate" was not "equal" and ordered Susan Clark admitted to the public schools.

The decision effectively integrated Iowa's schools 96 years before the federal court decision, Brown vs. the Board of Education in Topeka.

Alexander Clark, Jr. was the first black graduate of the College of Law at the University of Iowa.  Alexander Clark, Sr. was the second one.

Online Source: IPTV

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