Education: Janitor John

The star of the show rubbed corn meal on his jowls to fake a grey beard, blacked out his gleaming front teeth with charcoal, put on an ancient linen duster and battered black felt hat, picked up a chinaberry walking stick. Then John Henry Moreland hobbled on to the stage of the Madison, Ga. public school, as Uncle Remus. The white folks in the P.T.A. were celebrating John Henry Moreland's 50th year as school janitor, friend and confidant.

John Moreland, one of eleven sons of a slave, never had much chance at schooling himself....

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