Museum to screen ‘Integrating Milford High School’ April 6

March 19, 2024

The Milford Museum will continue its American History Series with a screening of "In Due Course: Integrating Milford High School,” at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Milford Public Library, 11 SE Front St., Milford.

Filmmaker Michael Oates will introduce the documentary, with a question-and-answer session to follow the screening.

"In Due Course: Integrating Milford High School” is a documentary examining the 1954 failed attempt to desegregate Milford High School and the successful admission of Black students to Milford High School in 1962. It recounts these two significant events and explores the underlying reasons that facilitated the major shift in community values.

Segments from interviews will tell the story. Those interviewed for the film include Ed Kee, co-author of "The Milford Eleven”; Edna Turner Sharp, one of the 1954 Milford Eleven; Charles Hammond Jr. and Josephus Clark, two of the 1962 Milford Seven; Edward Steiner and Dr. Karl Western, white Milford High School students in 1954; Dr. Reba Hollingsworth; and Dr. Alvin Turner, the younger brother of Edna Turner Sharp.

The documentary provides a more thorough understanding of Milford's little-known Black history as it relates to the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that marked the end of legalized racial segregation in United States schools.

Sponsored by the Milford Museum, these monthly programs focus on a variety of topics concerning local, state and national history.

For more information, contact the museum at 302-424-1080 or These programs are offered through a generous grant from the Delaware Heritage Commission.

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