TEP Center

On November 14, 1960, Leona Tate, together with Gail Etienne and Tessie Prevost, became the first African American students at McDonogh 19 Elementary School. Today, they lend their names to the Tate, Etienne, Prevost (TEP) Center, an exhibit space, social justice education center, and senior housing facility that has acquired the very same McDonogh 19 school building and will open its doors in the spring of 2021. In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of New Orleans school desegregation, THNOC will work with the TEP Center to create programs over the course of the coming year. Additionally, we are offering all THNOC members at the Merieult Society level and up the option to designate $50 of their dues toward the Leona Tate Foundation for Change. 

Leona Tate made history, and we are proud to help tell her story through our programs and holdings, which include Tate’s personal donations and other materials related to the school- desegregation fight. Please join us in supporting her work to preserve that history.

To designate $50 of your THNOC membership contribution to the TEP Center, select this option when you join or renew your membership. If you would like to learn more about the TEP Center, please visit their website at www.tepcenter.org.

The TEP Center thanks you and will contact you to acknowledge your support of this initiative.

Participation in this opportunity is available to membership contributions of $100 or more.