Remembering Court-Ordered Integration at a Mississippi High School

Oral histories gathered by three graduates of a major high school in Jackson, Mississippi


Lines Were Drawn at Lemuria Books

Alan Huffman, John Griffin Jones, and Teena F Horn discuss their new book, LINES WERE DRAWN: REMEMBERING COURT-ORDERED INTEGRATION AT A MISSISSIPPI HIGH SCHOOL at Lemuria Books.

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The book gathers oral histories from graduates from Murrah High School 1973, those who as students experienced the court-mandated integration of Jackson's schools. The editors are joined on stage by Claiborne Barksdale, who provided the introduction and classmate Robert Gibbs.

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Clarion Ledger Interview Article on

Jana Hoops, Clarion Ledger correspondent

Three graduates of Jackson’s Murrah High School class of 1973 come together in a new book to describe the “social experiment” they thought was going to work to bring the races together

through school desegregation in Mississippi in the ‘70s — but, in many places, including Jackson, it didn’t.

In the University Press of Mississippi’s “Lines Were Drawn: Remembering Court-Ordered Integration at a Mississippi High School,” Teena Horn, Alan Huffman and John Griffin Jones include contributions from more than 60 students, teachers and school administrators who share the good and the bad of a time and circumstance unprecedented and never repeated in the state’s history.

The trio explains how the experience influenced them, and why it still matters so much.

Book Review from Clarion Ledger Article on

Jay Wiener, Special to the Clarion Ledger

The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision punctured the fiction that separate public facilities are equal.

The Supreme Court Order to desegregate “with all deliberate speed” was manipulated such that 15 years passed before schools in Jackson were effectively integrated.

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