Separate But Equal? South Carolina's Fight Over School Segregation

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for "Summerton High School" (with photos), "Florence C. Benson Elementary School" (with photos), "Mary H. Wright Elementary School" (with photos), and the Multiple Property Submission "Equalization Schools of South Carolina, 1951-1960."

Objectives for students 

1)To explain how the policy of "separate but equal" affected education in the middle of the twentieth century;

2)To describe the effects of Briggs v. Elliott on the construction of school buildings in South Carolina and on racial segregation in the United States;

3)To explain some of the ways that individuals and institutions worked to maintain racial segregation in the United States;

4)To compare and contrast equalization schools in South Carolina with their own schools and education system.

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National Park Service
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