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King, Queen Esther Taylor

King, Queen Esther Taylor

King, Queen Esther Taylor

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Interview 208a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, Queen Esther Taylor King reminisces about growing up in Diboll as an African American child and attending the segregated H.G. Temple School starting in the 9th grade. She graduated in 1944 and attended Prairie View A&M University. While in high school, Mrs. King was named the H.G. Temple Forest Festival Queen and rode on the H.G. Temple float in the parade. Her children were in elementary school and junior high during the integration of Diboll schools. She discusses race relations, desegregation, attending school, working at the Pine Bough restaurant, working at the Housing Authority, and working for several white families, including the Cooks and Sweenys.