Founders Day is one of three annual formal school gatherings. Convocation opens the school in September and commencement marks the end of the school year and the beginning of life after Peddie for our seniors. Founders Day is an occasion to recognize the founding of the Peddie School and to honor those who created, sustained, and continue to propel the school and enrich all of our lives.
|Thomas B. Peddie|
|Walter Annenberg '27|
|Finn Caspersen '59|
Racial terrorism continued, as here in the 1955 lynching of Emmitt Till, whose nationally published funeral image was a catalyst for awakening anger.
In 1956 the year-long Montgomery bus boycott, initiated by Rosa Parks’s refusal to sit in the back of the bus and sustained by hundreds of volunteers, won a victory for desegregating public transportation.
Pushback continued, as was clear in the terrorism of a KKK cross-burning on the front yard of an Alabama minister.
1957 also marked Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus’s resistance against the Brown v Board of Education ruling, his use of the Arkansas National Guard to enforce his illegal resistance, and President Eisenhower’s response - to federalize the national guard, return them to their barracks, and send troops from the 101st Airborne Division accompany African-Americans students to their schools. It was the most dramatic dispute between a state and the federal government since the Civil War.
Meanwhile at Peddie, the color line had been broken in 1948 by Horace Brown, Class of 1951, Senior Class secretary and soccer captain. Horace Brown was first a few year earlier, but the school looked like this, clearly all male and white, these seniors in the class of 1957. Into this Peddie came Dr. King.