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Dickie Tayloe

Lane High School

But Lane was a wonderful school, but it was falling down compared to Burley.  Lane was built way back in the ’30s.  Burley was finished, I think, in ’51 or ’52.  And it went till about ’60 — I think the school closed out ’67–’68.  Garwin DeBerry and that group would have been the last.  But, up until that time, I guess, it was the next year ’60 when the schools reopened.  The only thing I can really remember about it is it was a big deal.  And all these reporters from all over the country came here.  And Roger Mudd was here.  And I remember him distinctly.  He was covering it for CBS News.  And Eugene Williams and his wife brought his daughter, and I don’t know whether it was the oldest daughter or not, to school.  Poor little girl was by herself, and here she’s coming to Lane.  And he was head of the NAACP.  And Eugene knew me because I’ve worked for the newspaper, and I used to deliver the papers, take them all to all the newsboys.  So he knew me when I took them over where he was.  And he brought the little girl to school.  And nobody — it was sad.  Everybody went, “Gosh, I’d hate to be her.”  It’s just terrible.  Everybody was nice.  The kids didn’t — it wasn’t that big of a deal.  Nobody really understood.  It was a political —