Pamela Grundy (interviewer):
What did you think when Judge McMillian said desegregation has to happen? When it was ruled that it was going to have to be full desegregation? What was your reaction?

Madge Hopkins:
Hallelujah, finally. Free at last, free at last. This is what Martin had said. And it was turmoil. We didn't want Second Ward to close. We were told, in the summer - see, we had this vision of this new school that was supposed to be called Metropolitan High School, a comprehensive high school and E.E. Waddell would bring out those plans and we would sit there and plan at staff meetings and we were going to have this conference at a high school and look forward to being a part of it and then it closed down. And we were sent out with a little bit of, I guess they'd call it sensitivity training, diversity training, whatever, we did over here at West Charlotte. I went to East Mecklenburg and I equate East Mecklenburg, my first experience there, to the ice box. I shared a room, I was a floater. I had been the star new teacher at Second Ward, worked with Project Opportunity and just really involved. I was - helped with the annual and then to go and not have a classroom, my goodness. I floated and I was in one room, two rooms. Barbara Ledford - you know, it's so funny how my life connects to Barbara Ledford, who was principal here at West Charlotte, I used her room. We didn't have air conditioning at Second Ward but there was air conditioning at East Mecklenburg and that room was icy cold. I was a teacher interacting with students. They sat, I taught, they left. It was cold. I was the only black person in the room.

- Madge Hopkins, West Charlotte High School, Class of 1961

Interview with Madge Hopkins by Pamela Grundy, October 17, 2000, Interview K-0481, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.