White school gets buses before black school
Mask recalls that while transportation did not pose much of a problem, the county provided the white school with buses before it did so for the black school.
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Oral History Interview with J. W. Mask, February 15, 1991. Interview M-0013. 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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- GOLDIE F. WELLS:
Tell me about transportation.
- J. W. MASK:
Transportation came slowly. The first bus that we got here and
I'm not sure that we raised all the money but our PTA did
initiate the bus acquisition. The whites had buses long before we did.
The county has to provide the first bus so they did at that time.
Sometime in the late fifties we began to get buses and after we bought
our initial bus then they began to provide buses for us as our route
enrollment required. Transportation was really not a problem. We are
talking about the segregated school system. Our only concern was having
the availability of the buses to provide for the children who had to get
to school. Some of them had to walk four and five miles to school.