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Albany High desegregation remembered

September 24, 2005

Albany- It was forty years ago this fall that six black students were the first to attend Albany High School. Saturday, those six women were honored at the Albany Civil Rights Museum.

Shirley Lawrence Alexander spoke about the challenges those six women faced, and how the experience has changed their lives. The August 25th anniversary made her look back.

"It was just a whole new awakening because it was almost as if I had forgotten it, but I had just kind of pushed it back and put it on a shelf and never felt the need to discuss it with anybody," said Shirley Alexander, Class of 1965.

In the future, Shirley said she plans to share her experience with her grandchildren. Local artist Nancy Presley, also a member of the class of 65, unveiled a set of portraits of the women, drawn from their yearbook pictures.

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