New Jersey’s “Tuskegee of the North”


*May 20 - 00:10*
Photo: Lewis Hine
Hour 2

The Bordentown School was a co-ed boarding school for African American children during segregation from 1886-1955, on the Delaware River, just south of Trenton in New Jersey. Its educational high standards, discipline and life skills that the students received gave the school the reputation of the “Tuskegee of the North.” After the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision on the desegregation of schools, Bordentown closed in 1955. We’ll talk to ART SYMES, Bordentown School alum and former Dean of the School of Architecture at Southern University; and filmmaker and producer, CUNY film professor DAVE DAVIDSON, whose documentary, A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School will be aired on WHYY/PBS this Monday, May 24th at 10p.

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