Dr. George Garrison
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This interview was conducted by Dr. George Garrison with Eliza Walker Mills with a focus on the History of Emmett Scott High School Emmett Scott was the segregated high school for African-Americans which was named after Emmett Scott, a former aide to Booker T. Washington and President Woodrow Wilson. The school was opened in 1920 and was closed in 1970 when full integration was implemented in Rock Hill, SC schools.
Eliza Walker Mills (1928-2018) was a longtime resident of Rock Hill, SC and after attending schools in Catawba attended Emmett Scott High School from 1941-1945. She graduated in 1945 and later served as President of the Emmett Scott High School Alumni Association. Mrs. Mills graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and then earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from New York University. Mrs. Mills participated in the protest movement in Rock Hill, SC and later was among the few African American educators to teach in select all-white schools as South Carolina public schools were being integrated. In this interview, Mrs. Mills discusses her experiences growing up in the area, attending and graduating from Emmett Scott High School as well as her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in Rock Hill, SC. She also discusses her teaching career, school integration in Rock Hill, and the Civil Rights movement at large.
Mills, Eliza Walker; Emmett Scott High School; and Civil Rights, "Interview with Eliza Walker Mills" (2003). Winthrop University Oral History Program. OH 671.