Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 53
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A board of Negro trustees visited regularly the administra-
tion as a community school at its original location. Then an
Act of the 27th Texas Legislature, which abolished the community
system of education and provided for the organization of the
county into school districts, vested with the power to levy
taxes and vote bonds for the maintenance and erection of a school
building, began Garrison Colored School under the Texas Education
Mrs. Renee Roberts, who taught from 1951 until 1969 when
the school was closed, told of her early teaching days.
" My main concern was trying to prepare those children for
the future. I had my own methods since sometimes there weren't
enough books to be issued out among the students. Do you know
we had to wait until they ave out the book ! over to the other
schools the Garrison White School, and we got what was left,
if there was anythin.* And I can recall teaching 42 children
in a room with Just one heater to heat it. We'd come near to
freezing. One of my favorite hobbies was playing the piano. I
played for the school programs, commencement and baccalaureate
exercises, and school closing programs. I used to give the kids
parties on every holiday and make them dance."
When my children didn't act right, they would always get
punished ' and they all knew Old Mandy. That was my strap I
used on them, and sometimes I threw it. I think I've still got
Old Mandy. Mrs. Roberts opened a drawer and showed us Old
Mandy. She concluded the interview with, " But I enjoyed every-
minute of teaching."
To sum it all up, I remembered when I went to school there
from 1961 to 1965, before freedom of choice, when I ,transferred
to Garrison White School. These were good days, like when the
teacher got tired of having class, we could go outside and play
the rest of the day. The litte clubs that we organized and the
students elected the officers, the dances and parties, the car-
nivals to raise money, and all of the school programs I had to
be on were fun. But then there were the bad days, like when
Mrs. Renee decided she wanted to take Old Mandy out and whip
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Panola College. Dept. of Communications. Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976, periodical, 1976; Carthage, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth151414/m1/55/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Panola College.