New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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New Orleans Normal School

The New Orleans Normal School was established by the state legislature in 1858 and opened with an initial enrollment of twenty-six "young ladies." It continued (with a few interruptions) to educate the white elementary school teachers of New Orleans for the next 82 years until the school closed in 1940. A normal school for African-American teachers was established in 1870. [Official Vertical File]