Interview with Phyllis Ellison
QUESTION 6
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, tell me what you heard and what you saw out the bus window.

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

Well when we started up the hill you could hear people saying, "Niggers go home." There were signs, ah, they had made a sign saying, "Black people stay out. We don't want any niggers in our school." And there were people on the corners holding bananas like we were apes**, monkeys, monkeys get out, get them out of our neighborhood. We don't want you in our schools. So, you know at that time it did frighten me somewhat but I was more determined then to get inside South Boston High School because of the people that were outside.