How to Fool a Racist Mob: Lesson One

Students Steve Posten, 17, and Jessalyn Gray, 18, wait tensely beside a cab while a crowd of whites taunts them outside Texarkana Junior College, Texarkana, Tex., 1956. Jessalyn eventually asked police to escort them inside. When the police refused, the students left.
Civil Rights Movement
Joseph Scherschel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

LIFE photographer Joe Scherschel discusses how he tricked a mob of racists in 1956 Texas into believing that he was handing over the film he shot of them behaving like lawless clowns. Read More

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