Education: Standing Room Only

When Richmond fell in the spring of 1865, Jefferson Davis fled south to the hamlet of Danville, Va. There he held his last cabinet meeting in a local mansion, which proudly endures as "the last Capitol of the Confederacy." The old mansion has another use: it is the Danville Public Library. Last week that function was all but forgotten in a remarkable "integration" plan to keep readers with black skins off the premises.*

Last spring, exactly 95 years after the Confederacy died there, Negro high school students tried to use the whites-only library. Danville (pop. 35,000) promptly padlocked the place along with...

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