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Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County
Victor M. Goode
Davis v. School Board of Prince Edward County (1952) was a lawsuit filed on behalf of African American students of a legally segregated high school in Prince Edward, Virginia. The initial lawsuit was merged with other similar school desegregation cases into the cases eventually decided under the heading Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas (1954), and Davis became part of that landmark ruling. But despite the ruling in Brown , the Davis case continued on for many years while the school district evaded the desegregation order by shutting down all public schools and starting private academies for Whites only. Young African Americans, left with no local schools, endured significant hardship causing social disruption and extended hardship for many. This entry describes the Davis case and its aftermath. Prince Edward County is a rural area in southeastern Virginia. As in the rest of Virginia, the schools there had been segregated ...