School Integration Pioneer to Finally be Awarded Diploma

May 24, 2013

A pioneer for school integration in Charlottesville is finally getting her high school diploma.

On Saturday, Olivia Ferguson McQueen will receive her diploma 54 years after she graduated.

McQueen was a plaintiff in the case to desegregate the Charlottesville and Albemarle school districts in the 1950's.

A judge ruled she could attend the all-white high school, but the school board at the time refused to give her an official diploma when she graduated.

The ceremony will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at Burely Middle School


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