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Pearsall Committee


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Biographical/Historical note: Shortly after the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, a North Carolina Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education as created. North Carolina House Speaker Thomas J. Pearsall chaired the committee, which soon became known as the Pearsall Committee. On April 5, 1956 it presented the Pearsall Plan, allowing parents who opposed desegregation to request reassignment of their children to another public school or receive private school tuition grants from state funds.

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Item thumbnail image Pearsall Plan to Save our Schools
Date: 1956
By: Pearsall Committee
From: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
In response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, North Car...