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Desegregation in Austin

Five Decades of Social Change: A Timeline

This web project presents an annotated chronology of major events in the desegregation of Austin, Texas, from 1940 to 1980 as they appeared in local newspapers and other materials such as the Austin Files (AF) in the archives at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. The timeline is intended as a guide to key events necessary for an understanding of this extraordinary time in the city’s history.



Local African American firsts Local African American firsts
University of Texas at Austin (UT) facts University of Texas at Austin (UT) facts
Local desegregation facts Local desegregation facts
Statewide desegregation facts Statewide desegregation facts
National desegregation facts National desegregation facts

Note: The Austin American-Statesman newspaper had several name changes over the five decades covered in this timeline. The variations reflect usage for that time—Austin Statesman, The Austin Statesman, The Austin-Statesman, The Austin American, The Austin American-Statesman, American Statesman, The American-Statesman, Austin American-Statesman.

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Statewide desegregation facts Bishop John E. Hines of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas calls for racial integration and equality in local congregations and in Episcopalian schools and camps. [AF-Segregation-Public Schools-S1700 (2)-1950s; The Austin-American, “Integrated Schools, Camps, Hines Plea,” January 25, 1958]
Local desegregation facts With the approval of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Trustees of St. Stephen’s School in Austin vote to admit students of all races. [AF-Segregation-Public Schools-S1700 (2)-1950s; The American-Statesman, “St. Stephen’s Get Approval To Integrate,” January 26, 1958]
Local desegregation facts When fourteen-year-old Sandra Kay Hall is admitted into Allan Junior High, she became the first African American in Austin to attend a white junior high school. [AF-Segregation-Public Schools-S1700 (2)-1950s; The Austin American, “Up 1003: Schools Open For 27,505,” September 03, 1958]