The Lincoln School Story: A Battle for School Integration in Ohio is a new short documentary film which tells the inspiring story of how five courageous African American mothers and their children fought for school integration in 1954, in Hillsboro, Ohio. For two years, the mothers and children marched every day, despite segregationist redistricting, cross burnings and legal threats. Their lawsuit against the school board was the first northern test case of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, which had declared school segregation illegal.
“This is a story of determination and hope, that needs to be told. I am thrilled to be part of this project, which has national significance,” says filmmaker Torrice.
This program was made possible by the Highland County Historical Society of Hillsboro, Ohio and was part of their “Lincoln School” exhibition. It was funded through the generous support of the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio Arts Council and South Central Power.