Dunbar, Douglas students remember the old days

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
During the days of segregation, African American children in Mexia were educated at either Douglass Elementary or Dunbar School, which included both elementary and high school grades. Though the schools had old, second-hand books, and not much money for teaching aids and other educational supplies, the students who attended them appreciated their teachers even now, more than 50 or 60 years later. Consequently, the students’ memories of that time are mixed, said Ada Conner.
Conner attended Douglass Elementary, on East Palestine Street, through eighth grade before transferring to Dunbar School on Main Street for her high school years, eventually graduating in the early 1950s.
Teachers often roomed with families in the community at that time, she said, so students would see their teachers not only in school but also in church and at homes, which she believes made for a stronger community.

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