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The Baldwin School: Yesterday and Today

The Baldwin School, Yesterday and Today


Julius Clark
Clip 1—Growing up in High Point

LL: What kinds of things did you do for fun? You said that Miss Rosetta had all these restrictions.

JC: Oh here, growing up here.

LL: Yes.

JC: What I did for fun?

LL: Yes.

JC: Well, for other than--they called it work, I called it fun. I was one of the fortunate ones to be able to be pulled out of school, out of the classroom, because of Miss Rosetta’s uncle, my grandmother’s brother. When Miss Baldwin’s father died, Uncle Lawrence came to move into the house because they believed they always have to have a man in the house, and he was the man of the house.
So when he came in, he was a farmer and a builder. He just worked with his hands. And I was very fortunate to be his, you know, one of his favorites. So he, he would always say, “Rove, I need you.”
And he would take me out of class and work me in the garden. Most people thought it was work. I thought it was fun. You getting out of class, you get a chance to be outdoors. And he taught me how to build. The building out back I helped build. The building next door I helped build. Yeah, I’ve had my hands in a lot of things at a young age.
For fun, we played marbles. The girls had jack rocks with just plain rocks. You know, they had a little ball but they used rocks for the jacks. We had stick horses. You know, you put a little string around top of your stick and you just straddled the stick. And you hit it with your little string and it’s suppose to take off. Now it won’t move unless your legs start moving. You actually the horse.
But that was the, that was what we had to play with. And we learned to play with one another. I think Miss Baldwin wanted--that’s what she taught us to get along with one another. And so we--it was a special time. I think growing up here was different because you were all close, we were all close to one another. And I think that was probably the most important.