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Project to show Va. school-desegregation efforts

Wednesday - 3/14/2012, 6:07am  ET

By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk man who was one of a handful of black students who integrated the city's schools will join other civil rights groups and state officials in announcing a project to preserve the story of efforts to desegregate Virginia's public education system.

Andrew Heidelberg is scheduled on Wednesday to help roll out an effort to preserve the personal stories behind the desegregation of Virginia's schools. Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi, the AARP and the NAACP also back the project.

Heidelberg was among students shut out of public schools when Gov. J. Lindsay Almond shut down six schools in Norfolk, Charlottesville and Warren County in 1958. After state and federal lawsuits reopened them, Heidelberg and 16 others _ dubbed the "Norfolk 17" _ entered Norfolk schools in 1959.


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