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  • Collection: 1946 Experiment in Racial Harmony

Black children arriving in Vermont

African American children from Harlem arriving at the Burlington Railroad station in Vermont, July 1946. According to a newspaper article said that children were placed in homes from Wilmington to Newport.

Arrival in Vermont

A young black girl looks up as a white woman reads a name tag on her coat.

Arriving girl with host family

A young African American girl is escorted to a car outside of the Burlington train station by her host family.

Boys on the farm

Two African American boys ride on a hay wagon at a Vermont farm.

In the barn

Two black boys help a Vermont farmer with a calf in a barn.

Boys in the living room

Two African American boys share a relaxing moment with their hosts on a Vermont farm.

Watch your step!

An African American woman gives instructions to a white man as a railroad conductor and a black boy listen as the group leaves Vermont.

Saying good-bye

Rev. Ritchie Low, organizer of the two-week visit by black children to Vermont, says good-bye to two Black, female organizers, probably Laura Thomas and Anna Newsome, who stayed in Vermont with the children.

Sleeping on train

A black boy and girl sleep on a train, probably as they are heading home to NYC.

Rev. Low seeks housing for Negro children

Newspaper article about Rev. Low visiting Bennington county seeking housing for visiting African American children. According to later articles, he ultimately had more hosts than children.

100 Negro children arrive here in tolerance experiment

Newspaper article about arrive of Black American kids from Harlem in Vermont as part of Rev. Ritchie Low’s “Vermont Plan” experiment

Vermont pastor brings Harlem kids to Vermont in 1946

Vermont Life article about Vergennes, Vermont, pastor Ritchie Low, and his program to bring Black children from a Harlem, New York, church for a stay with white families in Vermont in 1946. This article celebrates Vermont's tolerance of racial…