S TUDENTS A TTEND S CHOOL ’ S F IRST I NTEGRATED P ROM A SHBURN , G EORGIA – A PRIL 2007 Name: ______________________________________ Period: _______ Date: ____________________ U.S. History & Government 11R Mr. Gallucci ASHBURN, Georgia (CNN) -- Students of Turner County High School started what they hope will become a new tradition: Black and white students attended the prom together for the first time on Saturday. In previous years, parents had organized private, segregated dances for students of the school in rural Ashburn, Georgia, 160 miles south of Atlanta. "Whites always come to this one and blacks always go to this one," said Lacey Adkinson, a 14-year-old freshman at the school of 455 students -- 55 percent black, 43 percent white. "It's always been a tradition since my daddy was in school to have the segregated ones, and this year we're finally getting to try something new," she said. Adkinson's sister, Mindy Bryan, attended a segregated prom in 2001. "There was not anybody that I can remember that was black," she said. "The white people have theirs, and the black people have theirs. It's nothing racial at all." Breaking away from traditions But this year's upperclassmen -- 213 students total --voted to
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