Mixsonian

Remembering by
Barbara Junior Mixson


1944
I was in the 7th grade and went to O'Keefe Junior High School. I discovered the library this year and started reading and I loved it. Also a new family came to the Institute and they had a girl, named Barbara and she was in my grade at school. We became good friends that year until we moved across town. I had to ride the street car across town to finish out my year. One thing I remember about the kids who rode the street car was at the end of the line they all went into the drugstore to get a Pepsi and peanut butter crackers. I started going in with them and for awhile I had some friends. But we moved again.

At this time Daddy and some other students from the Institute started Saturday night street corner meetings down in the worst part of Atlanta.  Soon daddy bought two old houses on Pryor Street and made one into a mission and the other one for homeless people. 

Sometime about this time I started marimba lessons and Sue took lessons on the saxophone. I played the marimba until I got married. I mostly played in church orchestras first at Wrenwood B. Church in Atlanta, then Flemington B. Church and the Youth for Christ meetings in Ocala. In 1949 I got tired of playing it and daddy traded it off for an electric xylophone which I never really played very much, but I loved the sound of it.

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