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  •  Our school district built a new, modern school in (10+ / 0-)

    1952, the year I started kindergarten. In the entry to the cafeteria/library stood a marble contraption that looked like a rather large fountain. It was intended that children would stand around it to wash their hands. I vaguely recall some "worries" about the need for a separate facility for black children, but it was eventually determined to be okay because no black children attended our school and none were likely to move into our neighborhood. (I've always believed the neighborhood school tradition was camouflage for segregation.) The fountain never worked right and was taken out a couple of years later.

    The first crack in my eventual split from "the church" came when I was in 7th grade. A black family wanted to join our congregation. The all male "voters assembly" determined the family should be allowed to join and sit wherever they liked, but they could only receive communion on the Sundays when individual cups were used, not from the common chalice. The pastor refused to inform the family of that decision, so the president of the voters assembly performed that chore. Until they day he retired, the pastor was never fully forgiven for taking that stand. I credit him  for having made liberals of those of us in his confirmation class that year. Others blame him.

    Ah, yes, the 50s.

    •  our school being in SC did not face integration (1+ / 0-)
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      until 1968 (from memory); I remember the first days of integration.  While there was no overt hostility that I remember, there was an automatic assumption that African American transfers were naturally and innately inferior.

      Maybe that came as a result of whites associating on a daily basis with sharecroppers on their farms and working shoulder to shoulder with them in the fields

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