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Louise Covington Smith

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

Louise C. Smith was born on August 7, 1904 in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Upon the death of her father, a minister, the family of seven moved to Greensboro. Smith attended Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and graduated in 1927. She also attended classes in Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.

From 1928 to 1931 Smith served as a teacher in the Danville, Virginia, school system and then left for another teaching job in a one-room, twelve grade school in West Virginia. After a year, she left West Virginia for a teaching job in Durham, N.C. where she boarded with a wealthy family and roomed with a classmate from Woman’s College. Smith eventually relocated to Greensboro where she taught high school in the public school system. When the Brown v. Board of Education decision was announced in 1954, she was the first instructor to volunteer to have an African-American in her class. Smith died on October 22, 1992 at the age of 88.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Louise Smith by William Chafe
Date: February 9, 1973
By: Louise Covington Smith
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This February 9, 1973, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Louise Smith primarily documents Ms. Smith’s involvement in school desegregation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Topics ...