BLACK TEACHERS THROUGH THE YEARS
Historical facts about blacks in education in Youngstown.
Blacks here, unlike other parts of the country, did not form separate schools, but attended schools in their geographical areas in the early 1900s.
The first black teacher, Mary Lovett Belton, was hired to teach elementary school in 1939.
About 11 other black teachers were hired to teach in city schools from 1939 to about 1950.
Blacks entered administration in 1962 when Dr. James Ervin became the first assistant junior high principal.
Robert L. Pegues Jr. was promoted to superintendent of Youngstown Public Schools in 1972. He was first a teacher, principal, administrative assistant and assistant superintendent of schools.
Source: The book: "A Rediscovery of Part
of the Past"