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“State Aid” and Segregation, 1936-1956

The Stephens-Donnell Act of 1936 provided “equal educational facilities for certain persons denied admission to Virginia state colleges, universities, and institutions of higher learning.”

The act provided African Americans from Virginia with financial support¾ including tuition, living expenses, and transportation¾ to attend out-of-state schools such as Columbia, Howard, New York University, the University of Michigan, and Meharry. These grants, known as “State Aid,” delayed integration of Virginia’s professional schools.

Donated by Dr. David Harris

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