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Ramapo Film documenting desegregation battle
“Two Schools in Hillburn” recounts the 1943 struggle to integrate the village’s Main School for white students and the Brook School, where “colored” students were sent.
Joe Allen’s film recounts the effects of “Jim Crow” or “separate but equal” education practices at the schools. The Main School had a library, playground and indoor plumbing; the Brook School had none of those things.
The segregation battle gained momentum through a boycott by black families and the first public school segregation case brought by a young Thurgood Marshall.