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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, April 24, 1974. Interview G-0029-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Guion earns a journalism degree at a women's college before marriage

Johnson's parents sent her to Baylor College for Women in Texas in hopes of disrupting her courtship with Guy Johnson. She earned a degree in journalism before she married Guy and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Oral History Interview with Guion Griffis Johnson, April 24, 1974. Interview G-0029-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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GUION JOHNSON:
I finished at Burleson College, which was a little junior college in my hometown of Greenville, Texas, then I went to that's where I met Guy.
JACQUELYN HALL:
At Burleson College?
GUION JOHNSON:
At Burleson College. He lived just eight miles from me, but I didn't know him. And then
JACQUELYN HALL:
Was he born in Texas?
GUION JOHNSON:
Yes, he was born in Caddo Mills, Texas, and I was born in Wolfe City, Texas. These were two little rural towns in the fertile, black-waxy belt of Texas. Two little farm towns. And my parents moved to the county seat of Greenville because ofto give us better educational opportunities. And so, I finished Burleson College and then at that time, Guy and I were dating rather heavily and my parents wanted to separate us, so they made me go to the women's college, Baylor College for Women and Guy went to Baylor University. It was forty miles away. Then I was offered an opportunity to stay at Baylor College when I graduated if I would get a degree in journalism. They wanted me to organize a department of journalism at Baylor College. So, I finished Baylor College in late May and by the first of June, I was at the University of Missouri in the School of Journalism there. At that time, it had the best school of journalism - it still does have the best school of journalism - in the country. So, I went to school for three months, went back to Baylor College and taught for nine months, went back to the University of Missouri in the summer and the next fall semester, and by that time, I had a journalism degree.
JACQUELYN HALL:
And when did you get married?
GUION JOHNSON:
In September, 1923. And we were there teaching for one year at Baylor College. And then we came up here.