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Photo 3: 1969 George W. Watkins junior class. [Photo 3] with link to larger version of photo.
(1969 George W. Watkins School Yearbook. Courtesy of New Kent County Public Schools, Virginia.)

Photo 3 was taken after the Green decision and before combining the two schools as one high school.

When the Green decision was made in 1968, three years after the "freedom-of-choice" plan was issued in New Kent County, no whites attended George W. Watkins and 155 blacks attended New Kent School. That left 85% of the blacks in the system at George W. Watkins.

Questions for Photo 3

1. Considering the information provided in the caption above, do you think the student government officers in Photo 2 represented all races attending New Kent School? Explain your answer.

2. Under "freedom of choice" the students in Photo 3 could have petitioned to attend New Kent School. Why do you think they chose to stay at George W. Watkins?

3. Why do you think there were no white students in Photo 3?

4. What do you think the advantages and disadvantages of staying at the George W. Watkins School might have been under the "freedom-of-choice" plan? Refer to Reading 1 and Reading 3.

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 3, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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