Interview with Phyllis Ellison
QUESTION 23
JACKIE SHEARER:

So tell us about the separation of the races in the classes and in the bathrooms.

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

The classes were separated. The Black students sat on one side of the classes. The White students sat on the other side of the classes. The teacher didn't want to, to assign seating because there may be, um, some problems in the classrooms. So the teachers basically let the students sit where they wanted to sit. When in the lunchrooms, the Black students sat on one side. The White students sat on the other side. And the ladies room. It was the same thing. The Black students went to the right of the ladies room; the White students went to the left of the ladies room. So really, it was separate. I mean, we attended the same school, but we really never did anything together. Gym classes. If the Blacks wanted to play, um, basketball, the Whites wanted to play volleyball. So we never played together. They would play volleyball. We would play basketball. So it was separate

JACKIE SHEARER:

Great ok.