Black schools get few resources
Illustrating the meager financial support superintendents offered to black schools, Mask recalls a colleague who was refused a request for toilet paper. Integration made resources like new desks and books available.
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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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Crowder was the principal of the Elizabeth Street School in Goldsboro
and I know that we used to talk about the time of segregation. We would
meet and we would talk about the experiences that we had with some of
the superintendents. He was saying that he had
600-700 students and this was in the Goldsboro district and he told the
superintendent that he needed some toilet tissue. He said, just let them
use--he gave him six rolls of toilet tissue and said, if they need
anymore let them use newspaper. That is what they use at home.
That's right. That didn't surprise me at all but
some superintendents, and I hate to say this, sort of wanted to run the
school systems as they would a plantation you know. You know, like give
the slaves enough to survive on and don't provide them too
much by way of elevating experiences or expanding their
- GOLDIE F. WELLS:
What about the books? Did you get used books and desks?
- J. W. MASK:
Yes, not all books, but used desks. Used desks were common. We never got
used desks until we moved to the Monroe Avenue High School on the 4th
day of January, 1954. Prior to that time we always had and always
received some furniture that was used in another school. There were two
things that integration brought about--because you didn't
have to use second-hand books and desks.