by Nancy Schultz, Becketwood Member
It was my first Summer Job [at the Calendar Factory in downtown Minneapolis in 1946] and now it was over. I had met a wonderful “older” woman who taught me so much in the two months I worked there. She was so smart and answered all my many questions.
She kept our bathroom neat and clean and always had a smile on her face. I often wondered why she liked cleaning the bathroom??
On the last day, we “summer” workers were going to lunch to say Good-bye. I asked my good friend to come as I wouldn’t be seeing her again. I was surprised when she refused.
Maybe she can’t afford to go. I offered to pay for her.
“No.” We could go “Dutch”? “No.”
I couldn’t understand. Finally she said, “ They won’t serve me.”
Now I really didn’t understand. Why wouldn’t they serve her? Did she steal something?
She finally looked sadly at me and said, “BECAUSE I’M BLACK!”
Nancy Schultz is Becketwood’s longest residing Becketwood Pioneer.