Charlottesville 12 Reflect on Desegregation of Lane High & Venable Elementary
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville's Venable Elementary School was integrated sixty years ago Sunday. The Charlottesville 12 were the first black students at Venable Elementary and Lane High School. On Sunday, they reflected on that history.
"During the course of the school year they were talking about forming a league where different elementary schools would play one another, but they told me that I couldn't play," said Ronald Woodfolk, a member of the Charlottesville 12.
Sandra Lewis said an experience with her soon to be principal helped her feel at ease.
"I was just a little fearful but I had talked with the principal who came to visit my parents at our home the night before and he reassured me that I was going to be fine," she said.
The Charlottesville 12 have a scholarship for $5,000 for a Charlottesville High School senior and they hope to grow it in the future.