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Telling HistoriesBlack Women Historians in the Ivory Tower$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832011

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889121_white

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History Lessons

History Lessons

(p.158) History Lessons
Telling Histories

Brenda Elaine Stevenson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Brenda Elaine Stevenson disliked history as a child, and the reasons why she thought she did. Stevenson grew up in a small, typical southern town in segregated Virginia where there stood a huge Confederate memorial in the middle of downtown. Blacks and whites there were as separate as “the five fingers” of the hand. Stevenson attended public schools—at that time, some of the worst in the nation—and recounts that in the fifth grade, they had neither a library, laboratory, musical instruments, nor art supplies. They did, however, have marvelous black teachers who really cared about their education. Thankfully, their schools were not among the many that closed in Virginia to prevent mandatory integration.

Keywords:   Brenda Elaine Stevenson, southern town, segregated Virginia, Confederate memorial

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