In Memory

Yvonne Franklin

Reported by Ed Funk September 2017

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09/19/17 03:56 PM #1    

Sally Conti

I am heartbroken to hear that Yvonne Franklin has passed, I remember her courage and elegance when she and her twin brother, Leon, along with Gerard (Davidson?) and I believe Lolita Chavis integrated our white, white, white public school. We could all take a lesson from their bravery and self-possession and determination. Rest in peace, sweet, beautiful Yvonne.

09/21/17 11:03 AM #2    

Locke Bell


I join in on your comment. Thank God they joined us when they did. I believe Harriet Harris and Archie McGloughlin were also in that first class.



09/23/17 10:07 AM #3    

Sally Conti

Yes, that is right, Locke. I was mistaken. It was Harriet and Archie that joined Yvonne and Leon to begin the painful process of integration. Such brave souls. And, funny, too. I shared a desk with Archie in Mr. Bynum's science class, and I laugh out loud to this day remembering some of the hilarious comments that he made then.

09/23/17 10:51 AM #4    

Dee Ham

I too share your feelings about loosing our beloved classmate Yvonne.. She as other minorities faced many challenges in those days as they still do today..What a shame to lose her at such a young age but we have lost others that were much too young to go... My heart still is torn when I remember the early death of Len McLendon and my best friend Rubin Manness.. May our dear lord bless all of thier souls...They were winners back then and they were winners when they left us... Dee

10/31/17 05:42 PM #5    

Melanie Wells

I too am very sad to learn of Yvonne's death.  She was so very sweet and brave as were her brother, Leon, Bill Gamble, Harriet Harris, Tony Harris and Archie McLaughlin.  I don't know if I would have had the courage these young people had if the situation had been reversed especially since I knew what Josephine Boyd experienced at Greensboro Senior in '57-'58.  

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