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- Oral History Collections
- The Era Before Brown v. Board of Education
- Lillie Dial oral history interview, 2004 April 19
Lillie Dial oral history interview, 2004 April 19
Lillie Dial describes her educational experiences, including attending Pineville Colored High School in Pineville, North Carolina beginning in 1937 and attending Barber-Scotia College. Pineville Colored High School, a Rosenwald School, was new when she began attending and was only one of a few high schools available for African American students at the time in the Charlotte region. She recalls how before the opening of Pineville Colored High School, many African American students in Pineville dropped out after primary school, unless if they could afford private boarding school or could find someone to stay with in Charlotte to attend Second Ward High School. Ms. Dial recounts specifics about attending school, including having to use secondhand textbooks passed on from the white schools, student bus drivers, and which primary schools were feeder schools for Pineville Colored High School. She also discusses how her high school education did not fully prepare her for college and what it was like teaching elementary school before and after school integration.