[Web Special] NAACP Women Made History in Tennessee

Friday, July 17, 2009

Integrated School in Washington, D.C. (1955)

To commemorate the NAACP's Centennial, we take you to Franklin County, a rural area of 40,000 people in the southern part of Middle Tennessee. In 1958, two black women — Mrs. Johnnie Fowler, and Mickey Marlow — and one white man — Scott Bates — formed the area's first branch of the NAACP, the "Franklin County Branch." It's one of the few branches nationwide where female activists, and not men, led the town's desegregation efforts. One woman is still alive to tell the story of their struggle: Ms. Sarah Staten.


Juliette Larkins-Tatum and Sarah Staten

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson

Comments [4]

James Beasley from Tennessee

Sarah Staten was my grandmother. She passed away today at the age of 86. I will miss you and Dora Turner(aunt). Thank you for making a difference for your grandchildren.

James Beasley

Jan. 16 2013 05:56 PM
Jamie S. Ross

Hip Hip Hooray for the heroism of these folks and for Highlander Center's role in supporting their struggle! Thank you Ms. Swanson for reminding us of the determination and perseverance it takes to seek justice. Bravo!

Jul. 19 2009 11:13 AM
Charlotte Alexander

A really great report about women's involvement in the civil rights movement!

Jul. 18 2009 10:36 AM
Dennis Blair

Very good piece - helps us remember how much work and heroism it took to push race relations as far as they have come today.

Jul. 18 2009 09:13 AM

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