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Oral History Interview with Vennie Moore, February 24, 1999. Interview K-0439. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Vennie Moore describes her childhood as an African American girl in Davidson, North Carolina. Moore remembers picking cotton with other black children as white children left the fields to attend school. Her own schooling took place in an under-resourced facility. Moore recalls the fear she felt after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This interview is relatively short but does add an interesting facet to the history of the segregated South: Moore remembers that she and her black classmates did not bridle at their school's shoddy resources because they had no idea white students were enjoying anything better. Integration shattered that myth.
  • Black children pick cotton; white children go to school
  • Ignorance is bliss at an under-resourced black school
  • Fear of violence after Martin Luther King's assassination
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