Interview with Vanessa Venable
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

AT ONE POINT THE WHITE CITIZENS OF FARMVILLE OFFERED TO OPEN A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLACKS SO THAT THE BLACK STUDENTS THERE. WHY WAS THIS IDEA REFUSED? DID YOU- WHY WAS THE IDEA REFUSED?

Vanessa Venable:

The white community did at one time offer some type of private schools for the blacks, but we felt that that was what we'd just come out of and there was no point in going back into a segregated school system. So we did not accept that. However, Dr. Sullivan from New York came down and they opened a free school in the county [ to which ] most of the children who were out of school attended and they were—well, since then we have always referred to it as a "play school," because the children were non-graded and they, it [ wasn't ] very much accomplished through it. But a number of teachers came down from New York to work in [ these ] free school.