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Sally Green

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I think one of the things was the strict discipline.  Good behavior was expected, and I think that most people just complied with it.
Sally GreenAside from the sports here at Moton, we had different organizations—Future Homemakers of America, Future Farmers of America, and I think they still exist today, or they’re with the 4H Club…Each year, we had awards that were given for different writings from the Daughters of American Revolution, so in this county, we were really recognized for a lot of things other than sports, which was very good.
I came to Robert Moton at six years old, although I lived about twelve miles away.  I was bused in from the first grade.  It was a bus that had little or no heat, and then to ride twelve miles, at six years old, to come to the old Robert Moton.  One of the things that was interesting—they didn’t close school like they do now for a little bit of snow.  We had to walk a mile and a quarter, in knee deep snow, to get to the highway, to catch a non-heated bus, and then ride twelve miles!  And that’s at six years old…
[How did the bus ride affect your life after high school?]  I think it made you more disciplined, and I think that it made your expectations greater, because you think that, if I can come through that, it’s easier on the other side of the world…
The unique thing was that the bus went from Mt. Airy, it picked up at Long Corner, which is a part of Howard County, at that time, and then it came to Winfield.  So by the time it got to us, being there was only one bus there were no seats!  The bus was full.  So you squeezed on the edge of a seat or just did something so that you would be slightly comfortable for that ride.
The thing about bus system here in the county…while we stood here on the cold highway, and walking that mile and a half, or a quarter, or whatever it was, at least four buses passed us, taking white kids to school, because they picked them up kind of at their door or driveway.  They passed us by.  And we were determined ot go to school so we kept going.
[How did the buses carrying the white kids past make you feel?]  Maybe I can explain it like this—I guess it was just understood, that it was what was going to be, that they were going to pass you by, and that was it.  We were more into what we had to do than what others were doing…
[homework] Not on the bus I rode—there wasn’t any space to do that!  The bus held first through eleventh grade—high school students, and elementary, and junior high—everyone rode the one bus—there was no separate bus like there is now.  Everyone piled on the one bus.

View the video interview for Sally Green at the Carroll County History Project website, "Carroll County - Through the Eyes of the Black Experience": http://carrollhistory.org/tebe.html

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