Interview with Vanessa Venable
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

WHO DO YOU THINK REALLY PAID THE PRICE FOR DESEGREGATION IN FARMVILLE, AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PRICE WAS? HOW HIGH WAS THE PRICE?

Vanessa Venable:

The price of desegregation in Farmville was very, very high on both sides. It was high for the blacks in that so many blacks were denied formal education for a long time and some of them were lost entirely to formal education because some of them never returned to school. There were those who grew up and got married and went away and never returned, and so those persons were denied an education completely. It was a costly thing for the whites because they had to pay tuition for their children—tuitions that ran from 900 to a thousand or twelve hundred dollars a year for one child. And that of course was a very hard problem for many of the whites. During that time, there were white families that were really lost their homes and lost their cars because they couldn't pay that type of tuition. They had to borrow money to send their children to school. Of course the banks and all were very willing to do that. Quite often they- their checks were garnished. They had, it had to be taken out of their checks. Their bosses would deduct from their checks before they got it, the tuition price and take it out in installments too, so that the family would have something to live on. So I think all around both sides had to suffer.