New opportunities in jobs and education were met with the hurdles of being Black in a white town.
The railroad and lumberyards brought new—albeit low-wage—job opportunities. Onboard the trains, Black porters, cooks, and waiters looked to local Black residents for support during stopovers, as they were not welcome to eat or stay the night in town.
“Students have reported … that they would not remain in the hall if a negro girl entered. It is my opinion that this feeling would become widespread in case there was a successful attempt to force Maxine Maxwell into Susan Campbell Hall.”