Look Back: Catholic school integration
Date: 9/18/2011 Album ID: 1322605
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
Angry white parents, opposed St. Louis Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter instructions to allow black students into the Catholic schools, scheduled a rally for Sept. 21, 1947, threatening to take the archbishop to court. Ritter responded with his own threat ---- excommunication for anyone who participated in the lawsuit. Organized opposition collapsed two weeks later, and about 140 black children were enrolled in previously all-white Catholic schools.