Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. DOES IT MEAN SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR?

Ernest Green:

Well the symbolism of Central, when you see it, it's an imposive—an impressive structure. Very imposing. It takes up two city blocks. It was in 1957, uh, the top high school in that area, not just in Little Rock, but uh, in that whole mid South area. And uh, to have successfully gone through there, uh, meant that you had cracked one more barrier that had uh, been barred to black people. Uh, in the city of Little Rock. And what I saw and I think, speaking for the other eight students, that it was always important for our own education, we thought we were getting the very best that public funds had available, uh, uh in Little Rock. But uh, halfway through the school year we knew we were doing something for everybody in the town, everybody black in the town. And that the longer we stayed there and if we successfully completed there it would be difficult, impossible for anybody to say that uh, uh, black people couldn't uh, compete in that environment and two, that uh, one more all white institution uh, broken down.