The First World War begins, with the United States entering in April 6th, 1917. The First Great Migration (movement of millions of Black people from the South to theNorth and West) is sparked, as industrial operations and workforces are reorganized and redefined as required by the War efforts. From WWI to WWII, about 2 million people move.
The Spanish Flu pandemic spread worldwide. Worldwide, 50 Million people died from the infection. St. Joseph county suffers at least 750 deaths across 1918 and 1919.
May 19, the new Second Ward elementary school, designed by Llewellyn, opens officially. The school’s design incorporates architectural design elements that help prevent the indoor spread of illnesses like the then-prevalent Spanish Flu.
Race Riots erupt across the Midwest, with one of the largest massacres occurring in Chicago.
Murray J. Huss passes away, one year after finishing service as TR board of education president.
The Second World War begins, and the second phase of the Great Migration is initiated. About 3 million Black people move from the South to the North and West, with the largest portion of the movement generally lasting until the 70’s.
St. Gregory’s Abbey moves to Three Rivers Michigan.
The Supreme Court rules that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed into effect.