Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Principal of Grammar School]
Principal of Grammar School Thirty-three Years
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“Oh, I always have enemies and there are plenty of men and women who would stoop to do anything to get my job. The superintendent called me in his office one day. I couldn't imagine what he wanted. He said, ‘martha, I want to talk to you about your work, for you may have heard there are some of your race trying to get your place, but I don't want you to worry about it, so long as you are doing as fine work as you are now. Two men came in my office the other day and one of them said to me, “I understand you have an opening.” “An opening for what,” I asked? Well”, I told him, “I don't have an opening for a man and I won't have one for you soon.” ‘I thanked the superintendent and left his office. That shows you how people will do you behind your back.
“I started in at $40 a mouth, but I have made $135. We teachers have been cut so I am ashamed to tell anybody what I make now. Aside from being the first woman principal, I was the first Negro woman to volunteer in this section to teach the illiterate adults, to raise Georgia in the seals of illiteracy, because she was way down. This school operated ten years and the board paid as $25 a month for nine years. I gave my services free the first year. We had an enrollment of over one hundred Negroes who could neither read or write. The classes were held two nights a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from eight until ten o'clock. The school closed because the Board of Education did not have money enough to pay the teachers.
“Also I have taught social service work for ten years. A representative