Interview with Virginia Durr


Virginia Durr:

Well, we were friends indeed, uh, I knew her in two different capacities. Uh, Mr. E. D. Nixon who was the head of the NAACP uh used to bring my husband clients a lot, people who had been beat up by the police or cheated by the loan sharks or any variety of things. And uh, so through Mr. Nixon we met Mrs. Parks who was the secretary of the NAACP. And uh she, uh I was saying to Mr. Nixon one time that I had so much trouble having time, I was my husband's secretary in his law office getting all these clothes uh, fixed for my daughters, I had three daughters. And my sister, who married Hugo Black had a daughter and very…sent her clothes to my daughters which was very nice for her to do and it helped a great deal but the thing was it all needed taken in or up or down so he said well Mrs. Parks sews at night and on the weekends and so I went to see her and took her some clothes and took her some daughters and we, they, they, she fixed the clothes for them and uh I'd often stay and help her. And uh, then Mrs. Parks was a really lovely woman, she was uh well-educated, she'd been to Ms. White's school, you know which is a very famous school which had been started by a New England Congregationalist after the Civil War was over and it was the school's specially for black women. So she was very well-educated but also being, in addition to being well-educated she'd also been uh taught by these New England old maids most of whom came from Boston by the way, uh in this area, that she was an American citizen, and that she had the rights of American citizen and uh, she learned that and she felt it very strongly.