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Wilkerson, Burlon

Wilkerson, Burlon

Wilkerson, Burlon

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Interview 194a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, Burlon Wilkerson reminisces about growing up in Diboll, going to school during the racial integration process, and teaching at Diboll High School during times of racial tension. He mentions that there were no incidents during the integration process, and that while his parents and others in the white community may not have fully supported the idea, they knew it was going to happen and accepted it as inevitable. Mr. Wilkerson mentions several students and teachers from his time as a DHS student, including Zenova Scott, Johnny Jones, Mr. Massey, Mr. Ramsey, Bob McCurry, and Fred Douglas. He also mentions the heightened racial tensions after he became a Speech and English teacher at Diboll High School, particularly in the mid- 1970's.