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Gifted 4th graders at Fairmount Elementary School

This collection consists of materials used to create the television program "Integration at Fairmount" that aired November 26, 1960, on Wichita's NBC affiliate, KARD-TV. Produced by the University of Wichita's educational television department, the program focused on the efforts to maintain a 50/50 balance of black and white students at Fairmount Elementary School, located a few blocks south and west of campus. The special feature, with both live and filmed segments, accompanied "The Nation's Future" series on the NBC national television network. The script, remarks by the producer and school principal, background on the school and its district by University of Wichita professors, statistics, parents' petition to the Wichita Board of Education, spot announcements, newspaper clippings and images comprise the collection. 

Fairmount Elementary School served the area for 75 years, including 58 years in the building shown in the television program.  The school was closed at the end of the 1970-71 school year and the building razed in 1972 as part of a compromise integration plan adopted by the Wichita Board of Education designed to end a lengthy dispute with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1978, the school grounds on North Lorraine between 14th and 15th streets were sold to St. Mark United Methodist Church.

 
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