1961 · New York
Partly Printed Check Signed "Jackie Robinson," co-signed by Marion B. Logan, 8¼ x 4 in. New York, February 1, 1961. Drawn on the Student Emergency Fund account of The Chase Manhattan Bank, payable to "Back to School Trust Fund" for $500. Tiny cancellation holes not near signatures. Stamped cancellation of the Bank of Louisiana in New Orleans. Endorsed on verso "Back to School Trust Fund." Fine condition.
- 4½ x 5½ in. blue note paper, 12/22/60, listing checks deposited and payments noting "400- 4 Kids," "Foreman 500," and "679 - Gabrielles (+$121.00)"
- four receipts for Student Emergency Fund deposits, each dated December 22, 1960.
- three 6½ x 11 in. Chase Manhattan bank statements, all to "Student Emergency Fund c/o Mr. Jackie Robinson / 425 Lexington Avenue / New York 17, N.Y.," February 1962 - May 1962.
- a Chock Full o' Nuts envelope, postmarked NY, November 2, 1961, to Mrs. Marion B. Logan at Doubleday Book Shops.
On December 20, 1960, the New York Times reported that the fund was "sending more than $2,000 to two white and four Negro families in New Orleans who defied segregationist picket lines to send their children to newly integrated schools. The group is headed by Jackie Robinson and Mrs. Arthur Logan, wife of a Manhattan physician. Mr. Robinson said yesterday the organization would mail a $1,000 check today to Mr. and Mrs. James Gabrielle in North Providence, R.I. The family left New Orleans after Mr. Gabrielle had quit his city job because of 'unbearable harassment' by fellow employees. Mr. Robinson said the Rev. Lloyd Foreman, Methodist minister who also defied the picket lines, would be sent a check for $719, and the families of four Negro girls attending the two schools would receive $100 each."
On December 23, 1960, UPI gave an update on the situation in New Orleans: "Teachers and employees in the city's two nearly-abandoned integrated schools left for the holidays with a big gift - their pay checks … The legislators paid all teachers except those in the integrated schools last month. They got so mad over a sweeping court order wrecking their latest segregation moves that they refused to pay anybody in the school system this month…"
"Mrs. Mary Sand, president of Save Our Schools, Inc., said that her organization has set up a back-to-school trust fund in the Bank of Louisiana at New Orleans. She disclosed that of the eight white students still going to integrated schools, several are in need of money. She said the father of one family has lost his job, but is continuing to send his child to Frantz. The eight white students went back to Frantz today with a lone Negro girl and there were only three Negro girls in McDonogh…" (Inventory #: 25630)