THE NORTH: Bitter End in Illinois

COLP, ILL. (pop. joo), 80 miles southeast of East St. Louis in Williamson County, sprawling, weather-faded, one coal mine—last of seven in area; about 50% Negro.

Community last week opened up its grade school—integrated under Illinois law for the second straight year—for 60 Negro pupils, 60 whites. For the second year running only Negroes showed up. Reason: the parents of Colp's white grade-school children chose to send them to grade schools in other communities where there are few Negroes, cost what it might. It does and will cost them $200 extra per pupil per year.


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