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Gwendolyn Bailey entering R. J. Reynolds High School, 1957.

Gwendolyn Bailey entering R. J. Reynolds High School, 1957.

Gwendolyn Bailey entering R. J. Reynolds High School, with Velma Hopkins (center, newspaperwoman) and Harvey Johnston (right, Time & Life Magazines). This was the beginning of integration for R. J. Reynolds High School.

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  1. Velma Hopkins is my great grandmother! I lived with her from birth until she passed away when I was 12 years old. I love that lady!

  2. Gwendolyn sat next to me in 10th grade Geometry class at RJ Reynolds HS.

  3. I remember the national guard escorting Gwendolyn to school through the tunnel

    Felt sorry for her as table surrounding her in the lunch room were all empty

  4. This my youngest aunt. Living history. I’m so proud of her still.

  5. The latter part of John Cissna’s comment describes my feeling for many years after this event, in that I regretted not ever having spoke to her to help ease the ostracizing which occurred. In effect, I contributed to it and have regretted this until this very day.

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