Gloria Harrington

As Interviewed by Ayla Clem, March 18th, 2017

Gloria Harrington: In Her Own Words

We never went anywhere to see anything like that. We pretty much stayed… black people stayed in black peoples place. You just didn’t really mingle a lot with the white folks.

Talkin a lot of years afterwards. You know my kids, my grandkids. We didn't grow up with predigest. You know we didn’t. You know everybody was the same, we just didn’t have a lot of predigest in us either. Even today- You know, we don’t

Even growing up they had-a picnics. The-the in August be the first week of August was what they called back then ‘white folks picnic’ and then the second week of August it was ‘colored peoples picnic’. They had dances and stuff like that.”

I wouldn’t change anything about that era because we needed that, maybe not so much of the cruelness, but we needed that to be able to move forward. Ergos your civil rights movement.

It wasn’t until 1964 when my oldest sister Betty got to go on a senior trip. They went to
Washington DC. At ‘64 things were still pretty-was-was segregated but it was still ‘64.

But I do remember one time I was little, we had this resteraunt in Wellsville and all the time, as back them then they called them colored people, ate in the back in the kitchen where they cook. And one day my dad got ma- got tired of eating there and he went an’ sit up front with the white folks… And that was a turning point for Wellsville. Yep he just refused to sit in the kitchen. Said he wasn’t goin’ to. And he didn’t. After he did they did, but you know after that we had- I had an uncle who was first black police there in Wellsville. He went and told his dad, his brother-in-law, he said: you can’t sit here. They called my dad Red and they said-he said:’ Red you can’t sit up in here with the white folks.’ And my dad said: ‘Yes I can.’ And he did. He was just as good