Interview with Virginia Durr
QUESTION 33
INTERVIEWER:

YOU KNOW THERE WAS, YOU TOLD, I JUST WANT TO GO BACK OVER ONE OTHER STORY THAT YOU TOLD US AND THEN I WILL STOP ON THIS, WHICH IS YOUR TELLING US ABOUT UH, THE WHITE WOMEN AND BEING ANGRY AT THE MAYOR UH, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T, DIDN'T WANT THEM GIVING RIDES. COULD YOU TELL YOU THAT STORY, SORRY TO ASK YOU BUT I, I, FELT YOU MIGHT…

Virginia Durr:

Well I don't think they were actually, uh, the… The mayor issued an order, issue advice or whatever from saying that if the white women of Montgomery would stop taking their maids back and forth, the boycott would end because then they would have to walk through the snow, the rain and not in the snow. And from say way out in one part, see, Montgomery is divided. There's the west side which is all black and then there's the middle which is mixed to some degree. And then there's the east side which is uh, almost all white. And it's changing a bit now too. But the thing is that he issued an order saying if the black, white women would just stop carrying their maids back and forth that this boycott would be ended. And so I don't say all of them but some of them replied and said well if he wants to come out and do my cooking and laundry and nurse the children and uh, clean up, he can. But uh, unless he does I'm gon keep up whatever the name of the maid was she had. Because her whole life was built on this maid, I mean you know she was free to play golf, or go to the mall, free of the children she was free to you know garden, see cheap labor is a very insidious thing. I've experienced it and I know how insidious it is because it gives you freedom to do what you want to do and how, you said, you, you've talked to be about having, why did I get into politics or how did I ever get interested in the race issue. Well the thing was, is the reason I had the leisure to do it, was able to do it was because I had black women at home whom I paid ten dollars a week to. And I think that was a, you know, a disgraceful wage. But that was a going wage I didn't feel like I was being exploitive. But I had a maid, I had a cook, I had a yard man, and I had a washerwomen. So I could get into politics because they were there to do otherwise I would have been, you know, tied down.