1946 Experiment in Racial Harmony


This is a collection of photographs in the files of the Vermont Historical Society that document the "Vermont Plan" organized by Vergennes, Vermont, pastor Ritchie Low. This program brought Black children from a Harlem, New York, church for a stay with white families in Vermont in 1946. Vermont Life used these photographs to illustrate an article on the project, which is included in this collection, as are newspaper clippings on the undertaking. More information about the "Vermont Plan for Racial Tolerance" can be found in the Alvah Ritchie Low papers, 1944-1952, at UVM Department of Special Collections.

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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.