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M. Taylor Memoir About Early Schooling in Florida by Caitlin Nelson: Home

Experience of teaching at a lumber camp

A Teacher's Memoir


Foley, Florida, was a company town located near Perry, Florida in Taylor County. The Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company employed many of the town’s residents, both black and white. Most black employees performed manual and machine labor, whereas their white counterparts held managerial positions. Foley was geographically divided into a black quarter and a white quarter separated by the lumber mill and a reservoir.

M. Taylor, the author of this memoir, traveled from Orlando to Foley in 1937 to teach at the local school. Little is known about the author, aside from her opinions of the town and its residents. She wrote mainly about the organization of the school, her experience teaching black students, and the people she met while in Foley. The tough raucous environment of the town is apparent in her descriptions.   The memoir includes photographs identifying various places and people.  Page design, transcription, and scanning by Caitlin Nelson.

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