E. Alma Williams Flagg


Alma Flagg was the first African American principal of an integrated school in Newark in 1964, in 1967 she was appointed assistant superintendent. She also wrote poetry.

She was appointed principal after four teachers including Flagg accused the city of bias. The complaint was dismissed, however, she was appointed principal of Hawkins Street School the following year.

Jan 1935 East Side Yearbook
1935 East Side Yearbook “Class Poet”
E Alma Flagg and J Thomas Flagg, Newark Public Library
Star Ledger Aug 2, 1964 (Click to Enlarge)


Digitized items (including poetry and funeral program)

 “Newark High School Yearbooks”Newark Public Library. Retrieved 2021-12-28.

In Memoriam Doctor E Alma Flagg

Extensive Star Ledger coverage

F-17 Flagg, Joseph Thomas & Wife – Local – 1964-, Newark News Morgue, Newark Public Library (18 articles)

Malafronte, Donald “Deny Complaints of Teacher Bias” Star Ledger Jan 24, 1963

 Inc, The Women’s Project of New Jersey (1997-05-01). Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0418-1.

“Newark to Get Negro School Prinicipal”Star Ledger. 1964-04-11.

“Dr. Alma Flagg, she’s still learning” Star Ledger Aug 2, 1964

“E Alma Flagg was City’s First Black Principal” Star Ledger Mar 28, 1994