Education: Segregation Preserved

Prince Edward County, in the tobacco country of south central Virginia, last week became the first community anywhere to abandon its schools entirely in order to prevent desegregation. The trick was simply turned: the county supervisors. "with profound regret," canceled school appropriations for next year.

One of the original defendants in the Supreme Court's 1954 decision. Prince Edward has been battling school integration ever since. Last year it got a remarkable ruling from U.S. District Judge Sterling Hutcheson (TIME. Aug. 18), who gave the county until 1965 to desegregate. Last month the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered integration by next...

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