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One Building, Two Schools: The Legacy of Segregation at Maggie Walker

Emmett Jafari, 67, and his teenage granddaughter, Mariam Jafari-Nassali, both take pride in the education they received in a building at the corner of Leigh and Lombardy streets named for a Richmond civil rights pioneer.

But their experiences, separated by five decades that saw a thriving Black school shuttered after integration and then effectively resegregated as a predominantly white school for gifted children, could not have been more different.

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