ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Agnor-Hurt Elementary School students and their parents are now a little better educated on how Virginia school systems handled racial inequities throughout the era of segregation and the years following.

On Tuesday, March 19, panelists Gwen Hairston, Jackie Perry, and Marsha Howard shared their personal stories about attending segregated schools, fighting for integration, how they felt when that finally happened, and what school was like after desegregation.

All three women either currently work at Agnor-Hurt or are retired from the school.

“One common characteristic they all hold together is that in spite of the very difficult things they went through, they remained hopeful and gave their lives to public education,” Doug Granger, the principal of Agnor-Hurt, said.

Agnor-Hurt is one of Albemarle County's most racially diverse schools, with students hailing from 20 different birth countries and speaking a combined total of 17 different languages.