Public School Insurance Evaluation Reports from 1941


Public School Insurance Evaluation Reports from 1941
Segregation denied African American children the same quality of education as white students.
A webpage containing links to hundreds of scans of insurance evaluations of Delaware public schools from the year 1941. These evaluates include pictures of the buildings as they were in 1941, as well as detailed descriptions of the buildings that were used to evaluate their worth.

Racial segregation in the United States is the segregation of facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation in the United States along racial lines. The term mainly refers to the legally or socially enforced separation of African Americans from whites, but it is also used with regard to the separation of other ethnic minorities from majority mainstream communities. Signs were used to indicate where African Americans could legally walk, talk, drink, rest, or eat. Segregated facilities extended from white-only schools to white-only graveyards.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), so long as "separate but equal" facilities were provided, a requirement that was rarely met in practice. The doctrine was overturned unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren, a case that actually involved four separate examples of separate schools not being equal -- including one in Claymont, DE presented by Wilmington lawyer Louis L. Redding. Despite being illegal, educational segregation has proved difficult to eliminate in practice, with residential zoning and private schools often creating racially segregated K-12 education.
Delaware Public Archives
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