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February is Black History Month
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 • Posted February 4, 2009

The Mason-Jackson black families lived across the Comanche Creek in the northwest part of town. Sandy Mason Miller remembers when the Mason schools became integrated and the following story is from Sandy's recollections.

Clinton Schulze, Mr. Sharpe and Charles Gipson came out across the creek and said the Mason schools were integrated and the Negro children would have to go to the white school. Ed Tom Randle (Lightning), who seemed to be in charge of things, told the men to go outside and they would discuss it and let them know their decision. It was decided that the children would go to the white school. Many black teachers found themselves without jobs.

In 1955, as the ten or eleven black children were approaching the school building, white children could be seen peeking around the corner. After being in school a couple of weeks, the children did not want to go back, because of some mistreatment, therefore their parents id not encourage them to go back.

Again, Mr. Schulze, Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Gipson made a visit across the creek to see why the children were not in attendance. After the men listened attentively to the parents' concerns for their children, the gentlemen assured the parents that it was all right to send their children back to school. Their word was kept, and the black children remained in school.

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