Doretha and Cynthia Montague


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Places of the Mind: Stafford Schools


Doretha and Cynthia Montague

On September 5, 1961, Doretha and Cynthia Montague, enrolled in the first and third grades and integrated Stafford schools by entering Stafford Elementary School (today’s Bandy Building).

Almost a year later, on August 26, 1962, 34 eleventh and twelfth grade students were transferred to Stafford High School en masse. Integration was completed by 1964, a decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, but reportedly the first school system to integrate in the region.

Integration in Stafford