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    • [Photograph of Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1940
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This photograph of Benjamin L. Smith is inscribed on the back "Startown Farm Life School, 1916-1917." The school was located in Catawba County, North Carolina, and Smith was approximately twenty-three years old at the time the photograph was taken.
    • [Photograph of Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1940
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This photograph of Benjamin L. Smith in uniform is inscribed "Camp Jackson, 1917-1918," and was taken while he served in the U.S. Army during World War I, from 1917 to 1919. While serving, he received the rank of captain.
    • [Photograph of Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1953
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This photographic portrait of Benjamin L. Smith was taken around 1953, by an unindentified photographer. Smith was Greensboro's Superintendent of School at this time.
    • [Letter from Benjamin L. Smith to Mrs. E. C. Brooks]

    • 1958-01-13
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This January 13, 1958 letter from Benjamin L. Smith to Mrs. E. C. Brooks thanks Brooks for her letter of encouragement during the desegregation of two all-white schools in Greensboro in 1957. Smith writes of harassment from some white citizens as...
    • [Letter from Benjamin L. Smith to D. Edward Hudgins]

    • 1956-09-07
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This September 7, 1956 letter from Greensboro school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, to D. Edward Hudgins, thanks Hudgins for his letter of support. Smith writes that he shares Hudgins' fears that the Pearsall Plan could be a disaster for North...
    • [Letter from Helen Ashby to Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1957-09-23
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This September 23, 1957 letter from Helen Ashby, on behalf of the Greensboro YWCA board of directors, to Greensboro public school superintendent Benjamin L. Smith, commends Smith and the Greensboro School Board for their decision to desegregate...
    • [Letter from Edward F. Burrows to Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1956-08-27
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This 27, 1956 letter from Edward F. Burrows to Greensboro public school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, commends Smith for his support of school desegregation. Burrows writes that he has yet to decide how to vote on the Pearsall Plan, but thinks...
    • [Letter from B. Tartt Bell to Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1957-08-23
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This August 23, 1957 letter from B. Tartt Bell to Benjamin L. Smith expresses support for Smith's work desegregating Greensboro schools. Bell also thanks Smith for the opportunity he and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have been given...
    • [Letter from Benjamin L. Smith to Edward F. Burrows]

    • 1956-09-24
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This one-page letter from Benjamin L. Smith to Edward F. Burrows, dated September 24, 1956, thanks Burrows for his letter of support regarding his position on school desegregation.
    • [Letter from Benjamin L. Smith to Warren Ashby]

    • 1956-09-24
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This September 24, 1956 letter from Greensboro school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, to Warren Ashby thanks Ashby for his letter of support regarding his position on school desegregation.
    • [Letter from white supremacist to Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1956-08
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This one-page letter from an unidentified white supremacist to Superintendent Benjamin L. Smith, dated August 1956 and postmarked in Asheville, attacks Smith for the desegregation of the Greensboro Public School System. The writer repeatedly refers...
    • [Statement by Benjamin L. Smith regarding Brown v. Board of Education]

    • 1955
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This one-page statement regarding the Brown v. Board of Education decision was drafted by Greensboro school superintendent Benjamin L. Smith around 1955. Smith says that the school desegregation process "calls for a degree of restraint on the part...
    • [Photograph of Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1955
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This photographic portrait of Benjamin L. Smith was taken around 1955, by an unindentified photographer. Smith was Greensboro's Superintendent of School at this time.
    • [Letter from Warren Ashby to Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1956-08-28
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This August 28, 1956 letter from Warren Ashby to Greensboro school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, commends Smith for his support of school desegregation, and offers support in any way needed.
    • [Affidavit for reassignment of African American students to all-white schools]

    • 1957-08-28
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This six-page affidavit pertains to the reassignment of six African American students to all-white schools Gillespie Elementary School and Greensboro Senior High in 1957, documenting Greensboro's first sucessful attempt at desegregating it's public...
    • [Biographical information on Benjamin L. Smith]

    • 1955
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This four-page document provides biographical information about Benjamin L. Smith, including a brief biographical sketch and lists of his organizations, accomplishments, and interests. Smith had served as the superintendent of Greensboro city...
    • The church and desegregation centenary

    • 1955-03-13
    • RL.01210 Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
    • This speech titled "The Church and Desegregation" was delivered by Greensboro City Schools Superintendent Benjamin L. Smith to Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on March 13, 1955. In this presentation, Smith...

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