When the new South Park Elementary School opened its doors in 1947, black students were not allowed to attend. Many of their parents protested that their taxes helped pay for the new school. In 1948, black parents again tried to enroll their children in the new school. The school board refused to admit black students. The parents and other concerned citizens appealed to the Johnson County Court but were still denied entrance. A group of parents, teachers and concerned citizens filed a lawsuit against the school district, Webb v. School District No. 90.
As the court case proceeded, black parents organized a boycott
of the Walker School. They refused to send their children there. In 1948, all
but two of the students had