Vincent Kinney headshot

Vincent Kinney

Keswick Elementary School, Burley, and Albemarle High School

As I recall, that’s when they had closed the schools in Prince Edward County, and many of those students came to Burley, some of those students, as well as some teachers, and so the school was overcrowded. Homeroom F was actually backstage in the auditorium, as I recall. Homeroom F had, I think, the most underprivileged students, the students that I think there were low expectations of. I ended up in homeroom A, and at that time, I was probably one of the better students in — had the better grade point average in the county, and that’s what I think I remember about that situation. So, even though the school was all Black, there was a stratification based on something other than age and grade level.