Interview with Paul Wilson
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

IN TERMS OF TOPEKA ITSELF, WHAT WAS THE IMPACT OF THIS DECISION? WAS THERE MUCH?

Paul Wilson:

I don't think the impact of the decision on Topeka was very great. Um, the Topeka Board of Education had already expressed its willingness, and desire, to abandon the policy of segregation. They went about the execution of that abandonment in a, in my view, in a good faith manner, and I think the impact was very uh, minor. Now, it did result in the closing of some schools. I'm not sure the circumstances, whether they were related to uh, the change in policy with respect to segregation, or whether it was simply a matter of administrative convenience.