In 1960, James Gabrielle and his wife, Daisy, ignored the White Citizens' Council boycott of the integrated William Frantz school and sent their daughter Yolanda to first grade there. After a month, community pressure on the family caused them to move to Rhode Island, James' hometown. The family was so concerned about their safety after continuous harassment that they traveled in two groups.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of interviews with Police Chief Joseph Giarrusso, the Gabrielle family, and Mayor deLesseps Morrison as well as images of the community of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1960 November (moving images)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of the William Frantz and McDonogh elementary schools after court-ordered desegregation, white demonstrators protesting integration, and a segregated cooperative school in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1960 December (moving images)