NEW ORLEANS-- History tells us that three young girls integrated the public schools in New Orleans in November of 1960.
Tate says, "When I woke up. I remember my house being filled with people. You would have thought it was Christmas morning. Everybody was doing something. I remember a black car pulling up in front of the house. It was the U.S. Marshals coming to pick us up. I knew I was going to a new school. I knew that. When we turned the corner, the only thing that I could think was that a parade was coming and that I had to go to school while everybody else was out there watching the parade. We were the only 3 students in the building for a year and a half."
Tate also said, "I visit a lot of schools, and a lot of the children today don't know the history that happened right in their city."
"New Orleans has a lot of history and a lot of culture that we are losing if we don't continue telling the story and teaching our children.">
The Leona Tate Foundation and The Lower 9th Ward Living Museum is located at 1235 Deslonde Street.
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