The Clinton 12: First Black Teens to Integrate a Public School in the South

29 Posted by - June 23, 2022 - BLACK CHILDREN, LATEST POSTS

Twelve young African-American students walked into history in Clinton, Tennessee, in 1956. They were the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the south. Every school day morning, the “Clinton 12” met at Green McAdoo school and walked together down Broad Street from Foley Hill to Clinton High School.

The Clinton 12 included Maurice Soles, Anna T. Caswell, Alfred Williams, Regina Turner Smith, William R. Latham, Gail Ann Epps Upton, Ronald Gordon “Poochie” Hayden, JoAnn Crozier, Allen Boyce, Robert Thacker, Bobby Cain, Minnie Ann Dickey Jones, and Alvah McSwain.

The school also holds the honor of having the first African-American person to graduate from a public high school in the South, Bobby Cain. After graduating from Clinton High School, Bobby L. Cain went on to earn a B.A. in sociology from Tennessee State University. In 2002, he retired after more than 30 years as a supervisor with the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Family Assistance Program.

Gail Ann Epps Upton graduated as a member of the 1958 class of Clinton High School, despite the fact that the school had been destroyed earlier that year and students had to attend classes elsewhere. She went on to attend Tennessee State University and spent some time working as a substitute teacher.

The students’ courage has been commemorated in a life-size statue on the grounds of the museum at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center, which opened on August 26, 2006, the 50th anniversary of their first walk to Clinton High School.



  • jeffy bob February 13, 2018 - 8:24 pm


  • […] to the former Green McAdoo School, where the twelve students had attended elementary school. [Black Then article]  (SD, see May 17, […]

  • cokeaclola February 27, 2019 - 11:09 am


  • April 3, 2019 - 2:09 pm

    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you’re utilizing?
    I’m experiencing some small security issues with my latest site
    and I’d like to find something more secure. Do you have any recommendations?

  • 5DOLLAR CHEATS REVIEW Latest April 8, 2019 - 3:11 am

    What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & help other customers like its aided me. Great job.

  • Nannozi Eve May 2, 2019 - 8:19 am

    Was dat necessary to treat blacks like dat.

    • Con October 25, 2019 - 8:56 pm

      No, it was not necessary. By the way, the correct spelling is “that”. I tend to be didactic. Not necessary, but that’s the way it was. Study your history. You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

  • minecraft download mojang May 7, 2019 - 6:48 am

    Yes! Finally something about how to download minecraft.

  • how to download minecraft free May 9, 2019 - 8:47 am

    Hello there I am so glad I found your web site, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Bing for something
    else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to
    say thank you for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I
    don’t have time to read through it all at the minute
    but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep
    up the superb job.

  • download minecraft for free May 13, 2019 - 10:10 pm

    Hi there, I want to subscribe for this blog to obtain most recent updates, so where can i do it please assist.

  • minecraft free download pc May 15, 2019 - 5:10 pm

    Yes! Finally someone writes about minecraft for free.

  • Josiah Nagura May 16, 2019 - 3:35 am

    I do not know if it’s just me or if everyone else encountering issues with your site. It appears as if some of the written text within your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Cheers

  • gamefly free trial May 31, 2019 - 5:19 am

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

  • gamefly free trial June 1, 2019 - 12:04 pm

    Post writing is also a fun, if you know afterward you can write if not it is difficult to write.

  • gamefly free trial June 2, 2019 - 12:42 am

    Hello everybody, here every person is sharing these kinds of know-how,
    so it’s pleasant to read this webpage, and I used to go
    to see this blog everyday.

  • gamefly free trial June 2, 2019 - 1:54 pm

    I do not know if it’s just me or if everyone else experiencing problems with your blog.
    It appears like some of the written text within your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too?
    This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously.


  • gamefly free trial June 3, 2019 - 7:25 pm

    Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the superb works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.

  • Randglync June 4, 2019 - 8:08 pm

    Baclofen Acheter En Canada Amoxicillin 500mgs Priligy Permanent Viagra Oficial

  • Randglync June 17, 2019 - 10:49 pm

    No Precreption Avodart 0.5 Mg cialis cheapest online prices Super Kamagra 100mg Generic Viagra Vega Sildenafil Citrate

  • Holly Hirchert November 17, 2019 - 2:56 pm

    I don’t believe the sentence, “The school also holds the honor of having the first African-American person to graduate from a public high school in the South…”is true. There were many black graduates of public high schools in the Southern US prior to the 1950s. Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, AR was built in 1939 by the WPA. It had thousands of black graduates before it was integrated by white students in 1970s.

  • Debbie Rutherford November 17, 2019 - 5:18 pm

    I congratulations ❤️ to all who made it through hard times??????❤️?? Amen to that ??

  • Zinabala George william November 29, 2019 - 8:27 am

    Wonderful its the time to give thank to the people who made it through hard times

  • Van Langford December 20, 2019 - 5:46 pm

    Congratulations. I , along with 14 other African American students attended the Mayfield Kentucky public high school for the 1956 1957 school year. Two of the students were seniors who graduated on time.

  • Matthew Sherman February 19, 2020 - 10:36 am

    I like to reply to things.

  • Matthew Sherman February 19, 2020 - 10:40 am