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Dickie Tayloe

Lane High School

Burley was still open when I left and going strong.  And there were very few Blacks that came to Lane.  I mean, in fact, Eugene Williams probably — since he was head of the NAACP, politically, he had to send his child who would have gone to Burley and probably wanted to go to Burley.  But since he was head of the NAACP, she had to go to Lane.  And everybody felt bad for her.  We didn’t know her or anything.  But everybody went, “God, I’d hate to be in that position.”  If I was at Burley and I was the only white guy at Burley High School, even if I knew people, still be — it was more of a — people weren’t mad or upset or wanted to be mean, it was just kind of, this is tough.  This is a tough situation looking at it from a 16- or 17-year-old perspective, looking back on it now.  And I don’t know how long she stayed.  I don’t even remember.  She was lost in the crowd, but I think everybody was nice to her.  I don’t think she sat there by herself.  I think people tried to be nice, but it was just awkward, I think, for her and for everybody.