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The Leona Tate Foundation Purchases McDonogh 19 School

The Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. (LTFC) and its partner Alembic Community Development recently announced the purchase of the historic McDonogh 19 Elementary School Building located in the Lower 9th Ward.

The front of the closed McDonogh 19 building before being converted into the TEP Center. The ground floor entrance and the official second floor entrance are visible, with the words "McDonogh Number 19 Elementary School" carved in the stonework above the second floor entrance. There is a locked iron gate on the ground floor entrance, and the windows on the ground floor are boarded up. The official second floor entrance is also boarded up.

The building is one of two sites in the 9th Ward where school desegregation took place in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960, when six-year old girls, Leona Tate, Gail Etienne and Tessie Prevost climbed the 18 stairs of of the historic building to desegregate the then all-White school. On that same morning, Ruby Bridges integrated William Frantz Elementary located in the upper 9th Ward.



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