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Darlene Quarles Robinson

Rose Hill Elementary School, Stone Robinson Elementary, Jack Jouett Junior High School, Albemarle High School

Darlene Quarles Robinson: I do remember riding the bus and when you’d pass a bus full of white kids, there would be a couple that would stick their tongues out at us.  

Phyllis Leffler: Stick your tongues out at you? 

Darlene Quarles Robinson: No just at the — I don’t know that they specifically stuck that tongue at me, I just happened catch someone sticking their tongue at as we would drive by.  But that’s the only overt incident that I can think of that would have reflected racism at the time.  

Phyllis Leffler: Except that you drove past the white school.  

Darlene Quarles Robinson: I drove past the white school, but at the time, as a child, you don’t know any different.  You don’t know why you’re riding past the white school.  You just know that you are riding past the white school to get to your elementary school.  

Phyllis Leffler: And it was a considerably further distance.  

Darlene Quarles Robinson: It was much further.  We would have to go into Charlottesville whereas the white kids just got to go to that little Cismont school right there in the neighborhood.