Monday, April 17, 2023


Even though segregated education was outlawed by the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 decision of Brown v. Board of Education, Florida was in no hurry to comply.  After completing lower classes at Baker Academy, black students in Charlotte County were bussed to a black high school in Lee County.

In 1962, black leaders lobbied the Charlotte County board of education for a better solution.  On September 3, 1963, five hand-selected black children walked through the doors of Charlotte County High School, starting the desegregation of the county's schools.

2023 mural by Keith Goodson on the side of Baker Center School in Punta Gorda. 

Linked to Monday Mural.


William Kendall said...

A good mural.

RedPat said...

Good one, Jack.

Sami said...

A great historical mural, beautifully done!
Wow, it took almost 10 years for things to change, even though there was a law!
Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Jack

Taken For Granted said...

The slow pace of desegregation came from the phrase, "...all deliberate speed..." in the Brown vs. Board of Education. Florida made the slowest "deliberate" speed possible.