Interview with Leola Montgomery
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

I WANT TO ASK YOU, FOR OUR FIRST QUESTION, THE SAME QUESTION I WAS ASKING LINDA, WHICH IS UH, TOPEKA SEEMED LIKE, AT THE TIME, A FAIRLY UNUSUAL PLACE FOR THIS KIND OF A LAWSUIT. UM, THE SCHOOLS, AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL WERE INTEGRATED, THERE WERE INTEGRATED NEIGHBORHOODS, IT WAS A FAIRLY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD. CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING IN YOUR OWN WORDS ABOUT WHAT TOPEKA WAS LIKE AT THAT TIME?

Leola Montgomery:

Well, Topeka was a quiet place, but it was a segregated place. A very segregated place. And uh, I mean, there was segregation in the uh hotels, and in the eating places.