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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Sheila Florence, January 20, 2001. Interview K-0544. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Poor materials and conditions at segregated school

Florence describes the well-used books and unreliable heating at segregated Northside Elementary.

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Oral History Interview with Sheila Florence, January 20, 2001. Interview K-0544. 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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BOB GILGOR:
Did you use new books or used books at Northside?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
Used books. We always had used books.
BOB GILGOR:
Where did they come from?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
Came from the white schools.
BOB GILGOR:
They were, how they?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
When we got our books, the teacher would put "good, bad, or poor condition." A lot of them was like, bare and poor conditions.
BOB GILGOR:
So they were in bad condition?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
It depends what grade you were in, and how much the other people had used the books. I had forgot about that.
BOB GILGOR:
Were there pages missing?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
Sometimes, and then you'd have to try to find another book with all the pages. But thinking back, I had forgot about that we had used used books.
BOB GILGOR:
Are there any other things that you remember about Northside?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
Um, I do remember we had the heating. Sometimes we'd be sitting in there with our coats on cause we'd be cold and the heat was radiator, radiator heat, I remember that.
BOB GILGOR:
Sometimes it wouldn't work?
SHEILA FLORENCE:
Sometimes it would break down. Or, when it's cold cold, it didn't get warm enough, you'd have to keep your coat on.