Interview with Vanessa Venable
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN THE COUNTY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WEREN'T GOING TO APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR THE SCHOOLS—THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LET THE SCHOOLS CLOSE, OR SHUT THEM DOWN WERE YOU SURPRISED?

Vanessa Venable:

When the county decided to go out of the school business we were all very shocked. We didn't have the slightest idea what was happening to us. We went to work one day, that next morning we were told that we were out of the school business. It was that, that was the day after the raid on the county treasury. The night before there had been a very private visit to the treasurer's office—only by whites of course—to receive a refund of their county school taxes, so that the county could very well say, "We're out of the school business because we have not school money.