04. 1910s: First Grade Class Photo at Dean Ave School in Conneaut, Ohio
Foster (top row, fourth student from left to right) and Merle (bottom right) McCurdy both attended the Dean Avenue School in Conneaut, Ohio.
An African American student who attended the Conneaut Schools described the high quality teachers who taught “a lot about real brotherhood long before civil rights began. [The teachers] were 50 years ahead of their time.”
Ruffin, R. (1989, April 5). Letter to Brenda (McCurdy) Rhodes [Letter]. Conneaut, Ohio.
Ike Ruffin Remembers Conneaut High Well. (1989, March 9). The HomeTown News.