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THE HISTORY OF ROLLING FORK NEGRO
A Report from Sharkey County, Miss.
The lunchroom at Rolling Fork Negro
School had its origin in a small room
formerly used as a library which was converted
into a kitchen. After the meals
were prepared they were served at the
To equip the kitchen to meet requirements,
each teacher raised funds with the
help of white friends. Through this ef,fort
a stove, utensils, table "silver",
glasses, and chinaware were bought to
equip this small kitchen. At this time
"B Type" lunches were served with milk.
During this period the Federal Government
offered its assistance. The
amount of $533 was appropriated for purchasing
different necessities for our
lunchroom and kitchen.
Since that time we have been fortunate
in getting a large kitchen with ample
space for cabinets, large army stove, a
three-way metal sink, costing $63.27; two
refrigerators; counters for preparing and
serving; spaces for storing foods; and a
butane hot-water tank.
We also have a spacious dining room
with ample tables and benches that will
accommodate about 100 children. The
children are served, by grades, beginning
with the lowest grade continuing through
the eighth grade.
We have a deep well and sanitary
drinking fountains. All kitchen personnel
use white uniforms and hair nets.
Entertainments, showers, and thoughtful
friends are responsible for Rolling
Fork Negro School having an 'A Type" Lunch
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Mrs. J. S. Morgan.
Through showers given during last
term our patrons and friends gave the
following: 96 glasses, 8 can openers,
4 paring knives, 5 table knives, 1 egg
beater, 49 cup towels, 12 cups, 4 pot
holders, 2 mixing spoons, 2 strainers, 60
teaspoons, 3 serving spoons, 67 plates,
12 odd glasses, 4 saucers, 5 sets salt and
pepper shakers, 33 soup bowls, 7 dessert
bowls, 1 soap dish, 29 dish cloths,6 boxes
steel wool, 1 box paper napkins, 4 boxes
In addition to the items in this list
there are curtains in the kitchen and
dining room, suitable posters for the dining
room and bulletin board for posting
There has been definite improvement
in attendance and quality of work done by
the pupils in our school since we have had
the lunchroom. The behavior, table manners,
and neatness of the children also
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United States. Department of Agriculture. Production and Marketing Administration. Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs., book, June 1951; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6225/m1/9/: accessed February 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.