Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 33

In Episode 33, Dorothy tries to keep her temper around her stubborn son-in-law — and discovers an unlikely ally in the process.

One of the things we learn in this chapter is that Jasper’s father was a high school graduate. In researching secondary education for African Americans in Ohio, I learned that black students  in Columbus were first admitted to previously all-white high schools in 1874; by 1882 all Columbus schools were integrated. I discovered that high school graduation rates were pretty low in the late 1800s–not just for African Americans, but for everyone. Graduation from high school wasn’t a national norm until the 1950s. In fact, in 1900, only six percent of the U.S. population had a high school degree!

I looked far and wide to find a picture of an integrated 19th century school, but I couldn’t. I did, however find this photo from a 1930s African American high school that I thought was interesting. I wish they still made high schools that looked this grand!

If you’re keeping score at home, we only have six chapters left after this one! I can’t believe our story is almost coming to a close. I’m not really ready to let it go; are you?


  1. I love your story & I love hearing you read it!! Not ready for it to end AT ALL!! I love everything about it, music, intro, story line. It’s amazing. Thank yo so much!!

  2. I love this story and will hate for it to end. Thanks for writing, reading and presenting it.

  3. The boys in the photo look hs age appropriate, but some of the girls really look like women in their 20’s!

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