Rose Ann Smith


As Interviewed by Lizzy Spedale, March 18, 2018
"I was in the 9th grade and it was the junior high at that time and they called all of the 9th grade students in the theater and the principal told us the we would be going to school the next year with black people."
Rose Ann Smith

Introductory Profile: About Rose Ann Smith

I interviewed my great aunt, Rose Ann Smith. She is sixty-seven years-old and is a retired nurse. Rose has a daughter and is a very loving mother. Over the past year she has had to cope with the loss of her husband. Since then, her daughter moved back to West-Columbia to live with her so they can both take care of each other.

Rose has a great personality. She is really funny, silly, and likes to have fun. However, during the interview she was a lot more serious. She probably gave off this persona due to the seriousness of the topic we were discussing. During the podcast she is talking about her experience while her high school was integrated with African-American students.

While growing up, Rose lived with her mother, father, and her sister. They all lived in West-Columbia, in a house on the Brazos River. She grew up throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. This was the time of segregation. She experienced a lot of events we hear about in history class -- and during the interview she takes the time to explain some of them to me.