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    Posted January 26, 2013 by
    Mechanicsville, Virginia
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    Because she could not complete her education I can

    My father's mother died when he was eight years old. Shortly, after her death, my father's sister quit school. After all she was just a girl. My aunt believed her need to provide domestic intervention for her family was greater than her need to continue her education.
    My aunt, Fairlean Wilson-couple, West Monroe, La, , vocalized to me her thoughts about quitting school to maintain somewhat of a home life for her father and brothers, one of those brothers is my dad, Davis Butler. Just Davis Butler, no middle name. "By the time they had me, they ran out of names ", laughs my father.
    Aunt Fairlean, reporting carrying for her father and brothers home, domestic, and nutrition needs. "I was 15 when momma past away." She reports, I knew my needs came in second to those of the boys."
    Times in the Deep South was difficult, in the late 1940's and 50's. one brother brought home a man, and she feel in love. Dad reports that his dad was mad when Fairlean left and there was no one there to care for us. She gave up a lot for us and I appreciate it, states my dad, Davis Butler.
    Aunt Fairllean did go back to school. It took her two times in " night school", to get her high school diploma.
    Currently, her "..favorite niece", is educating other women and girls in the field of education. So often, when young girls complain about school, I remind them of my Aunt Fairlean, who could not complete her education, but today because of her struggles girls do not have to give up our education to provide domestic service to families just to survive.
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