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  • October 10Charlottesville School Board is shown the plans for the addition to Johnson Elementary School [1]
  • October 21 – U.S. Supreme Court declines to review lower court decisions that invalidated Virginia law passed to allow local school boards to continue to maintain segregated schools. This had the effect of requiring Charlottesville schools to prepare for desegregation that upcoming January. [2]
  • November 5 – In the midst of Virginia’s effort to maintain segregation in public schools, James Lindsay Almond Jr. (D), won the gubernatorial election by pledging to uphold Massive Resistance. In September 1958, he closed schools in Charlottesville, Front Royal, and Norfolk rather than see them segregated.[3]




  1. Web. City to See School Plans, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 10, 1957, retrieved October 10, 2022. Print. October 10, 1957 page 25.
  2. Web. High Court Deals Death Blow to State's Pupil Placement Act - Ruling Ends Stay of Local Decree, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 21, 1957, retrieved October 21, 2022. Print. October 21, 1957 page 1.
  3. Petition from students at Lane High School, Charlottesville, to reopen, to Governor J. Lindsay Almond Jr., Richmond. September 1958. Virginia, Governor (1958–1962), Executive Papers, 1958-1962, Accession 26230, Box 136, Barcode 1052833, Folder Norfolk Segregation, State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. https://edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva/items/show/200