Ghent Square in Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Norfolk 17
Rather than admit 17 black students who had been assigned by the Norfolk School Board, Governor J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. seized Norfolk's all-white junior and senior high schools on September 29, 1958, and ordered them closed, thereby barring nearly 10,000 students from attending classes, including the 17 black students. Granby, Maury and Norview high schools; and Blair, Northside and Norview junior high schools remained closed until February 2, 1959, when they reopened with the 17 black students in attendance after rulings by the Virginia Supreme Court and the U. S. District Court in Norfolk.
Fifty years later, this marker recognizes the pioneering achievement of The Norfolk 17.
The Norfolk 17
Granby High School
Betty Jean Reed
Maury High School
Alveraze Frederick Gonsouland
Blair Junior High School
Northisde Junior High School
Norview Junior High School
James Turner Jr
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education.
Location. 36° 51.892′ N, 76° 17.459′ W. Marker is in Ghent Square in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Shirley Avenue 0.1 miles west of Botetourt Gardens, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 322 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk VA 23517, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); West Point Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); West Point Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Tar (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named West Point Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Elmwood CemeteryElmwood Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Father Ryan's Home (approx. 0.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.