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TN Education Historians Recognized for Preservation of Civil Rights Milestone

May 6, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Aug. 27, 1956, twelve anxious, but brave African-American high school students gathered at Green McAdoo School in Clinton, Tenn. They walked past angry mobs, protected by National Guardsmen. More than 50 years later, those 12 people, the "Clinton 12," and the Green McAdoo Cultural Center, which commemorates the event, have been selected as winners of the 2010 Rosa Parks Memorial Award by the National Education Association (NEA).

Tennessee Education Association executive director Earl Wiman says then-Gov. Frank Clement decided to support desegregation while other southern governors fought against it.

"Even though it was the first place in the South to be desegregated as far as the high school, the difference is that the governor enforced the desegregation order, which was different from Little Rock."

The Anderson County and Clinton County Education Associations nominated the Clinton 12 for the honor, and also the Green McAdoo Cultural Center for its effort to help preserve artifacts and memorabilia of this historic event in education history.

Wiman says while the Clinton 12 were successful in desegregating the high school, the story takes a tragic twist.

"Around that time was when the high school was dynamited by white segregationists to show their disapproval of what had happened. When you look at it in its totality, it's quite a story."

The work of the archivists will be honored at the NEA Representative Assembly, which will be held June 26 through July 6 in New Orleans.


Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN