Description: Interview with longtime resident of Cisco, Texas, Harriett Shelton Collins as part of the Eastland County African American Women Oral History Project. The interview includes Collins' personal experiences about education in Cisco's all-black, one-room Smithville Elementary School, her pregnancy and marriage to Bill Collins, working at the Boss Glove Factory, earning her GED, entering beauty school, and earning a degree as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Additionally, Collins speaks about social life among blacks in Cisco, especially in church activities, her experiences with racial discrimination, the phenomenon of "passing" among blacks in Cisco and elsewhere, her experiences at "Negro Achievement Day" at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, and her children's experiences in public school during desegregation.
Date: September 16, 2006
Creator: Rose, Harriett DeAnn & Collins, Harriett Shelton