Mattie Lee Harris Johnson interview (2014-03-21)

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Abstract/Description: In this interview, Mattie Lee Harris Johnson discusses her family background and her childhood growing up on a farm in Goochland County, Virginia. She describes her memories of attending Chapel Hill School, Second Union School, Central Elementary School, and Central High School; including details of classes, taking the bus to school, her favorite teachers, and recreational activities. She also reminisces about the physical layout of the Chapel Hill School. Mattie Lee Harris Johnson notes how she attended Smith-Madden Business College after high school, and discusses her subsequent employment at the Department of Education. She also talks about racial segregation she encountered growing up, and describes the benefits she received from having attended Goochland County schools.
Subject(s): City/State: Goochland County (Va.)
Time Period: Twentieth century
Goochland County (Va.) -- Race relations
African American schools -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African American neighborhoods -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African Americans -- Education -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African American schools -- Curricula -- Virginia -- Goochland County
African American teachers -- Virginia -- Goochland County
Segregation in education -- Virginia -- Goochland County
Julius Rosenwald Fund -- Buildings
Johnson, Mattie Lee Harris -- Interviews
Johnson, Mattie Lee Harris -- Childhood and youth -- Anecdotes