St. Aug photo among images in Smithsonian
An image of members of the 1965-66 St. Augustine High School basketball team, photographed by Frank H. Methe III of the Clarion Herald, is among the treasured artifacts exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.
During the period of segregation, the New Orleans Catholic school was not allowed to compete against white schools. However, the school’s principal, Josephite Father Robert Grant, successfully sued the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to obtain membership for his school in 1966. A year later, St. Augustine became a member of the LHSAA and the New Orleans Catholic League.
A subsequent federal suit extended integration to the state of Louisiana.
This St. Augustine team did scrimmage Jesuit in 1965 inside a closed gym. Also that year, De La Salle and Cohen held a similar scrimmage.
The photo will be on display until April 2017.
File photo by Frank H. Methe III, Clarion Herald
The 1965-66 St. Augustine basketball team, accompanied by coach Nick Connor, back left, is off for a game. The LIALO state champinship squad included (with the basketballs) Robert Stevenson, left, and Richard “Deanie” Solomon, right. From left to right behind Stevenson are Harold Sylvester (head down), Ernest Riley Jr., Calvin Johnson Jr., Frank Adams and Louis Age Sr.