John Edgerton: Did you start teaching school?

Modjeska Simkins: I taught at Benedict one year. Then I went into the city schools. I wanted to teach mathematics. They didn't have an opening in the city school that year so I went and taught at Benedict for one year and the next year I went into the city school. They did not have mathematics so I taught in the elementary department one year and then after that I taught algebra until I married. At that time married teachers couldn't teach in the city schools systems. So when I married I got a husband but lost a job.

Interview with Modjeska Simkins by John Edgerton, May 11, 1990, Interview A-0356, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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