New Rochelle, NY. On June 15, the second grade classes of Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Bergamini, and Mr. Minei, of Daniel Webster Elementary Magnet School completed the three part Seeds of The Revolution program with a tour of the Thomas Paine Cottage. Signature Bank generously donated the cost of bus transportation.
In his biography of Paine, Moncure Daniel Conway characterized the man as one who loved “...the flowers and birds of his garden...” The three-month living history program, developed by Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association (HNRHA) board-members, Rosemary McLaughlin and Kathleen Gallagher, aimed to provide an interactive learning experience by planting a native garden. This was achieved with help from teachers and administrators at Webster; wonderful students; volunteers Charles and William McLaughlin and Garden Club Members Virginia Peyser, Carol Dellafemina, and Clarie Lynch; Thomas Paine Cottage (TPC) staff; and donations from Heather Sasso of Rose Hill Nurseries.Read more
In response to a recent article Why New Rochelle Must save the Armory a commenter under the alias BaxterNR wrote a comment arguing that "the building no longer serves a necessary function for the New Rochelle community", asserting that "the structure began falling into disrepair way before the city purchased it from the state for $1" and closing as follows:
The armory building undoubtedly has a unique history that is significant and important to individuals from the community, however, this view is not shared most new rochelle residents.
In response, I would point out a few things of which you seem unaware.Read more
Tonight at the New Rochelle Public Library one of the Little Rock Nine spoke in the Ossie Davis auditorium. Carlotta Walls Lanier, the youngest of the group, read three passages from her book and answered questions from the audience. The book is A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School and has a forward by President Bill Clinton. It took her 30 years to really speak about her experiences and almost 50 years to start to write the book.
She ironically recalls that as a young black child growing up in the south, she couldn't go to the white public library. She had to use a Quonset hut with the lesser collection of books. She said she appreciates the venue of the library to speak and is pleased that her book has been purchased by 800 libraries and has only been released at the end of August 2009.Read more
Yes indeed, the city, by its own admission, acknowledges their responsibility for maintaining the Armory.
The Armory was deeded to the city with the specific intention and requirement that" said premises shall be improved and maintained...". As you can see from thiscurrent screen shot of the official City of New Rochelle web site, the Property and Grounds Bureau, under the direction of the city engineer, is directly responsible for the maintenance of the Armory, among other buildings. Having said that, the obvious and purposeful neglect by current and previous administrations would be considered a breach of contract as defined by the legal and binding deed accepted between the City and State. Very little effort towards maintenance and control of the building and property would have, no doubt, prevented the current damages from developing.Read more
Professor Paul Murray, a sociology professor at Siena College, is working on a biography of Paul Zuber, the lead attorney for the Lincoln families in the New Rochelle case. Murray is looking to interview current and former New Rochelle residents who were involved with or impacted by the case.
Murray, a noted civil rights scholar, is a contributor to The African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press, 2008). He wrote a brief biography of Zuber published (with permission) below:
Zuber, Paul Burgess (20 December 1926 - 6 March 1987), lawyer and professor, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His parents were Paul A. Zuber, a postal worker, and Jennie Baer Zuber. He attended school in Williamsport through third grade. In 1934 his family moved to Harlem and he was enrolled in the all-black P.S. 157.
Editor's Note: This is Part VIII, the last in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.
Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district starting in the 1930s to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber. In Part IV, parents engage in civil disobedience at New Rochelle Schools, Zuber files Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education. In Part V, Zuber presented his case to Judge Irving R. Kaufman. In Part VI, Judge Kaufman made his ruling. In Part VII, the District responds to the Ruling.Read more
While researching for this project, I read that the school board connected with the New Rochelle church leaders to promote understanding and kindness as the Lincoln children started in their new schools.
In a report by John Kaplan called "Civil Rights USA - Public Schools Cities in the North and West 1962, New Rochelle" he writes "The superintendent of schools also wrote the head of each relighous organization in New Rochelle asking that cooperation with the school board be urged to provide for the proper acceptance and adjustment of the transferrring pupils; he also held meeting with each of the elementary school principals and with the custodial staffs to assure a smooth reception to the transferees."
As I drove up and down the streets in or adjacent to the Lincoln school district I noticed so many churches. Some were handsome and large, others small and intimate, tucked among houses. I tried to photograph as many as I could. If I missed your church, please post a photo of it in a comment.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue
Gospel Tabernacle Church on Lincoln Avenue
St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church on Lincoln Avenue
Editor's Note: This is Part VII in an Eight-Part series on school desegregation in New Rochelle presented in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Court's Landmark Decision in Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education one year from now.
Previously: In Part I, New Rochelle gerrymanders the Lincoln school district starting in the 1930s to create a "Negro elementary school". In Part II, the Board of Education's hire consultants who recommend desegregation. In Part III, as white voters approve a plane to build a new Lincoln School, black parents mobilize with the help of civil rights attorney Paul Zuber. In Part IV, parents engage in civil disobedience at New Rochelle Schools, Zuber files Taylor v. New Rochelle Board of Education. In Part V, Zuber presented his case to Judge Irving R. Kaufman. In Part VI, Judge Kaufman made his ruling.Read more