Gradually, I had begun to notice how townsfolk would look at me differently because of my frizzled hair and light skin. I also noticed that there were some economic advantages available to the white folks, including those poorer than us, which we did not have.

White kids were my only playmates in Great Barrington. One of them became quite popular when he brought the first high-wheeled bicycle to town.

I was often the center of attention and sometimes the leader. One exception, was when we played the new game of baseball. I was only an average player. But I was one of the best at running.

There only had been a couple of Black kids that had a year or two of high school, and no Burgharts had gone beyond elementary school. And my mother became insistent that I graduate from high school.


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