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By the start of the twentieth century, Missouri had laws in place that required a school district to provide a school for African Americans if there were at least fifteen children in the district. However, having a law on the books did not ensure compliance nor did it guarantee that existing schools had adequate facilities, resources, or teachers. This was especially true in rural areas like the Bootheel where school districts were poor and where most white school administrators and community members did not value the education of African Americans.
This exhibit highlights the hard work of African American teachers and communities in the Bootheel, who ensured that Black children had the best possible education possible in difficult and discriminatory circumstances. It is a work in progress, so please contact me if you would like to contribute images or stories to the exhibit.