People of Wye Are So Poor They Don't Have Boot Straps---The Anniston Star: Sept. 20, 1968

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People of Wye Are So Poor They Don't Have Boot Straps---The Anniston Star: Sept. 20, 1968 - effort to help. She is 22 and has had brief...
effort to help. She is 22 and has had brief teaching experience in New York City. She teaches children who have had some schooling. Also, at City Briefs HELD A rummage sale will be held at Zinn Park Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m. AA TOJ1EET Alcoholics Anonymous will have a closed meeting at 8 p.m. today at 1006Ms Wilmer Ave. Al- Al- Anon Family groups ' for the relatives and friends of all alcoholics will meet at 8 p.m. today at 808 Wilmer Ave. CLEANING IS SET A cemetery cleaning will be held all day Saturday at. Post Oak springs-Cemetery springs-Cemetery springs-Cemetery near Alexandria. Persons wishing to assist are asked to bring tools and a sack lunch. V.F.W. POST 4623 WILL MEET V.F.W. Post 4623 of Heflin will sponsor a round and square dance Saturday from 8 until 12 a.m. Music will be provided by the Hired Hands DANCERS TO MEET The Belles and Beaus Square! Dancers win meet today at the YMCA at 8 p.m. DANCE SLATED A record hop for teen-agers teen-agers teen-agers will be held at Carver Community Community Center tonight from 8 to 10:45 p.m. - MUSICAL PROGRAM SET The Tribe of Benjamin will sponsor a musical program at 4 p.m. Sunday at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 400 E. A St. Mrs. Willie Jewel Jackson, Mrs." Claudette Beville and Miss Mat-tie Mat-tie Mat-tie Pearl Thomas will be guest soloists. " residents. Mrs. Diggs' children are all grown, and have moved away. Her husband is dead, but through u. Social Security payments and money sent regularly from her children she has maintained a suitable home. During the winter months, she lives in New York. It's from Mrs. Diggs that the Turners get their water. Otherwise, they would have no water supply because others have refused to allow them the use of their pumps. The water for The Wye comes from nine wells with rundown iron pumps. In addition to the Turner children, there is a family in The Wye with12 children. There are 22 adult women in the com munity, and all have offspring. Five have no husbands: Three are widowed, one was deserted and the other was never mar ried. (The daughters" of Mrs. Turner are not included in these figured) U4S.CMMreii ; There are.J48 .childrenMost suffer from malnutrition, as is evident by their distended abdomens abdomens and puffy feet and hands. The average male adult in The Wye has a third-grade third-grade third-grade education, the average female 5 years of formal education Most started work around 16 or 17. Herbert Coulton, field director for the SCLC Virginia unit, told me that Sen. Gray and his fami ly have for generations drawn upon these people for employment. employment. The Wye residents have been a source of "cheap labor." When the SCLC president of the Virginia unit, the Rev. Curtis W. Harris, and his wife made public the problems ram pant- pant- in- in- this community ,Sen. Gray countered that the stories of conditions were exaggerated. SCLC then invited Virginia's governor and all its legislators (Sen. Gray included) to a "get- "get- It would be a formidable task even to oegin neiping tne Turners. Mrs. Turner would have to be trained in housekeeping, housekeeping, cooking in large quantities and the care and feeding of in fants. But she would first have to be educated so that she could read a recipe and be able to communicate with a"" social worker. The Turner children and others in The Wye would have to receive special tutoring in order to be equipped to enter public schools. A dormitory-type dormitory-type dormitory-type sleeping quarters would have to be constructed. The shack in which the Turners now exist could in no way sertfe as starting point. There is a Public Health Service clinic in Waverly and a nurse has been to visit the Turners twice first to at tempt to supply birth control Dills to Mrs. Turner and then to explain to Bette and Janice the use of the pills,, The , nurse also told them, of . the . well, baby clinic, but the Turners, and most other residents, cannot un derstand its purposed They wonder why they should take their baby to the doctor if it is "well." Self-Help Self-Help Self-Help Program The SCLC has tried to create a self-help self-help self-help progam in Th-3 Th-3 Th-3 Wye. A clean-up" clean-up" clean-up" campaign and food and clothing have been organiz ed and supplied through its organization. Upward Bound, another organization, ad ministered through the Virginia State College and subsidized by the federal government, has also helped. Mr. Harris said that the day Resurrection City was closed, SCLC provided paint and labor to clean up the Turner shanty Waverly. Twenty-five Twenty-five Twenty-five children from The Wye went to school for the first time. Eight of them were from the Turner family. Mr. Harris said the children walked a quarter of a mile to the school bus stop in new shoes and clean clothes furnished by SCLC. An SCLC field director was on hand to see them off to school, and they will be given free lunches through the efforts of SCLC, There might, eventually, be a road into Wye that goes around the Gray Lumber Co. Sen. Gray has donated $3,000 for a "right of way," but Mr. Harris says the school bus won t be able to go into Wye this year because the road probably won t be pav ed before winter. From SCLC officials I learned that Sen. Gray has also proposed proposed donating $10,000 to Waverly for a recreation center. There are stipulations, however. One is that a new organization, composed only of - Waverly residents, -be-formedj-secondi -be-formedj-secondi -be-formedj-secondi -be-formedj-secondi -be-formedj-secondi -be-formedj-secondi ::t!::::;!:!!i:!:i!l!::ill!M!;::::::::;i;::!;;tititi In an interview,; Ruth Harris, wife of the SCLC Virginia unit president, said, "So many people people ask. me: 'Why don't these people pull themselves up by Area Hos pitals Anniston Memorial Wilmer Ave. (Rear) JVUlliamurjietkMJristineil Open Tonight 1 i

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