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The Baldwin School: Yesterday and Today

The Baldwin School, Yesterday and Today


Julius Clark
Clip 2—Reception within the African American Community

LL: Now you said that students could always tell who came from Miss Baldwin’s school. How was the school seen in the African American community and in all of High Point?

JC: It was a catchall school. If you had a bad child and the public school system couldn’t deal with it, they would send it to Miss Rosetta. They would send it over, send the child here. And Miss Rosetta would, first thing she would do is get the child’s attention.
And then, because at--we had children come here very rebellious. I mean, would talk back and use profane language. But after a couple swipes with that switch, all that changed. But the most important thing is to see the parents come in and notice the change in the child.
And then when you go to public school--what the difference is, how you can tell is, usually a student from Miss Baldwin’s, you would not speak out of turn. You would not cut up in class. And so immediate they’re going to, you know, they almost have to insist that you speak in class because you’re so quiet. You do your work but you’re not so quick to volunteer, you know. But they ask you, you should have the answer.
And so that’s what they’ve said about, that was different. And our manners were very polite. We were very polite because that’s what they taught us, how to be polite.