First Ward School
Segregation in St. Paul Public Schools officially ended in 1869. Some white Minnesotans continued to insist that black parents preferred segregated schools and protest admission of black children into public schools, but the Minnesota legislature set integration as the law. Black Minnesotans continued to face the effects of Jim Crow in other ways, through discrimination in housing, jobs, use of public spaces, and military service.
This image shows the class portrait of the first and second grade classes of the First Ward School, with teacher Mrs. Eaglin to the left.