A segregated classroom with young, African American students learning from their teacher.

Reading Class, Mountain Street School in the Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, Special Collections, Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina Asheville.


Find lesson plans from the Carolina K-12 database related to Jim Crow.

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Find both primary and secondary sources including documents, photographs, books and more.


Browse the timeline for historical events related to Jim Crow in North Carolina and the US.


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