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Parent Comments on Integration at Warren County High School
(WSLS Television, Roanoke, VA)

The first portion of this clip has no spoken word. It shows some of the black students who registered for classes at Warren County High School. The remaining footage shows WSLS reporter Joe Moffatt interviewing Mr. Bowen, a white native of Warren County. Mr. Bowen's two children were not attending the newly integrated schools. When Warren County High School was closed in the fall of 1958, his children were sent to Rappahannock and they refused to move to an integrated school. Mr. Bowen disapproved of his children's decision. Going against the crowd of whites gathered below the school, Mr. Bowen tacitly supported integrated education when he asked, "They've got to live with the Colored for the rest of their lives, haven't they Why shouldn't they live with them in school?"
About the film
  • Date: February 1959
  • Sound: Yes
  • Duration: 01:33
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