Interview with Virginia Durr
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

HOW, HOW WOULD YOU DESCIRBE THE WAY BLACKS AND WHITE INTERACTED UNDER SEGREGATION?

Virginia Durr:

Well they reacted, the same way, you know, they had reacted uh, for… forever, I mean in two different ways uh, on a personal basis a black woman or white woman uh, would be very friendly and uh they would talk to each other and be uh, you know very friendly indeed but then that would be on a personal basis. But then when it came to a basis of the status uh, it'd be the white woman that would give the orders or pay the salary and uh, it would be the black woman that would be the servant or the maid in the house. And that was almost all the jobs they had with black women, maids and servants. Uh, there was not much industry and very little for them to do other than that. And Mrs. Parks of course uh had a job as a seamstress at a department store. And uh she did uh, work in the, for, you know, there and she made 23 dollars a week, and that was considered a pretty good salary for a woman, and then she earned that 23 dollars a week she lived in a public housing project and she had a sick mother and her husband was sick a lot. And how she ever did it I don't know but she sewed at night and then she sewed on the weekends as well, to make ends meet.