I can’t say that I am surprised that the Black schools were closed so that the children could help pick cotton.
More telling is the line describing the schools that stayed open because those children’s parents were involved in industry, business, or domestic work jobs.
A few of the schools that would have closed are
Booker T. Washington High School
Melrose High School
Manassas High School
Douglass High School
I hope to find more documentation of the other Blacks schools of this time that would have closed due to King Cotton.
Soruce: Jet Magazine September 25, 1952