Nora Taylor Hart, the last surviving member of the first all-black graduating high-school class in Indianapolis, has passed away at the age of 104. Ms. Hart graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1928.
Her son, Walter spoke with the Indianapolis Star saying, “My Mom was a very wonderful lady. She taught me how to overcome obstacles and be diligent.”
Shortly after her 100th birthday in 2009, Hart spoke with the Indianapolis Star about being a part of Indiana history and her graduation, noting that even at a ceremony celebrating what the 128 children had achieved in terms of education, there was still an air of limited expectations.
“The speaker said it was remarkable that 128 Negro students had come out of school together. They didn’t have the interest in the Negro students at that time to see that they had accomplished anything”
Ms. Hart went on to study and graduate from Butler University and teach in Indianapolis Public Schools. There will be a funeral on Saturday that will be open to the public.
Read more and see pictures of Ms. Hart here.